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Weird News Kafka. Letters and drawings of the Czech writer freely available online

17:05  01 june  2021
17:05  01 june  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The National Library of Israel scanned and posted many documents related to Franz Kafka, including letters to max edge or drawings.

Handwritten letters and designs of the Jewish writer Czech Franz Kafka were scanned and put online for the general public by the National Library of Israel which had recovered them at the end of a long legal battle .

120 Drawings and 200 letters from Kafka

In this unpublished collection, are "about 120 drawings, more than 200 letters to the writer Max Brod, (of which) the original of his literary testament asking his friend that he burns All his writings ", explains Stefan Litt, Conservative in charge of the project.

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This request, written by the author of the metamorphosis as he struggled against tuberculosis in an Austrian sanatorium, is accessible to all since May 27.

One of the main literary figures of the twentieth century

after Kafka's death in 1924, Max Brod had decided not to destroy his friend's writings. In 1939, he left the Czechoslovakia occupied by the Nazis for Tel Aviv and wins the Kafka writings and drawings in his suitcases.

Max Brod then published numerous works by Kafka and contributed to the posthumous celebrity of the Czech writer, one of the main literary figures of the twentieth century.

Documents delivered in 2019 at the National Library of Israel

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Following a decision of Swiss justice, part of the archives, which was in a safe in Switzerland, was given in May 2019 to the National Library of Israel, in Jerusalem.

Two surprises

Most of the recovered documents had already been published by Brod, as the text of Kafka's first unfinished novel, preparations for marriage in the country, but two surprises were waiting for the archivists of Jerusalem.

"We have discovered unpublished or signed drawings or dated but that Brod had preserved," tells Mr. Litt, exhibiting characters on small pieces of paper, including a portrait of Kafka's mother and a self-portrait.

A notebook and a word to a professor

"The great surprise we had by opening these documents is his blue notebook on which Kafka wrote in Hebrew, signing K, his usual signature" , says M.Litt.

In one of the texts written in this notebook, dating back to 1920, he asks in Hebrew to his teacher not to get angry for the faults in his homework "because I am already angry for both of us" .

Despite these discoveries, only one regret for Stefan Litt: No new text, among these sheets written in Kafka German, was found in this "treasure" from Switzerland.

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