Posted on 08/07/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Now that the court-ordered transfer of Franz Kafka’s papers to the National Library of Israel is complete, officials are unveiling some of the documents and preparing for their preservation.

Among them: a notebook with sketches of a man lying in bed; typed and handwritten versions of his stories; and postcards Kafka sent just before his death.

The papers, which are set to be digitized (and held in a future expansion of the library), spent years at the center of a legal debate between the heirs of the secretary of Kafka’s executor and Israel, which argued that the executor’s will held that the papers belonged at an institution in its country.

You can see some of the documents and catch up on the Kafka archive case in the New York Times.  

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