Rebecca Abrams

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Rebecca Abrams is an award winning author of fiction and non-fiction, regular literary critic for The Financial Times and former columnist for The Daily Telegraph. She is Writer-in-Residence at Brasenose College, Oxford.

The Cut Out Girl

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018, and described by Philippe Sands as ‘Luminous, elegant, haunting’, The Cut Out Girl tells the true story of the author’s grandparents, and the young girl they fostered to hide her from the Nazis in occupied Holland. This is a deeply moving story of family, loss and the devastation wrought by war.

Kafka’s Last Trial? Contested Literary Legacies and Cultural Property
When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal champion Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfil his friend’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscripts. Instead, Brod devoted the rest of his life to publishing and canonising Kafka’s work. That ‘betrayal’ of his friend’s last wish led to an international legal battle — raising the question of whether Kafka’s papers should come to rest in Germany, or be considered the cultural inheritance of Israel. ...
Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power
Munich, November 1918: in the final days of WWI, revolutionaries occupied official buildings and overthrew the monarchy. At the head of the newly declared Free State of Bavaria was journalist and theatre critic, Kurt Eisner. He was joined by the luminaries of German cultural history — Thomas Mann, Ernst Toller and Rainer Maria Rilke. Yet the idyll would not last: in February 1919, Eisner was assassinated and the dream shattered. But, while it survived, it was the writers, poets, playwright...