Posted on May 23, 2024 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As we approach Memorial Day weekend — a popular one for travel — it seems appropriate to share a few literary posts that reference journeys.

Unfortunately the one post that addresses a literal journey is about a tragic one: that of escaping slavery.

John Swanson Jacobs published his autobiography, The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots, in 1855 in Australia; it's back in print now thanks to the University of Chicago Press.

The other two articles cover metaphorical travel.

Vanity Fair explains why it took decades to bring One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez to the screen, while The New York Times looks at all the different countries that have tried to claim Franz Kafka as their own since the author's death in 1924. 

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