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Monday, 19 July 2010

Swiss bank to lift lid on hidden Kafka works

It's an interesting question to ponder whether an author has any rights after his death as Franz Kafka clearly didn't.

Franz Kafka was one of the most enigmatic authors of the 20th Century. He died of tuberculosis in 1924 aged only 40 and, if his own last wishes had been followed, novels such as The Trial and The Castle would never have seen the light of day.

Kafka asked his friend and fellow writer, Max Brod, to burn his manuscripts after his death. Brod refused, publishing the novels and taking letters and other writings to Israel where he left them to his secretary Esther Hoffe - who then bequeathed them to her two daughters.

It seems there is very little honour not only in publishing but anywhere these days!

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