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Benjamin Balint

Benjamin Balint, a writer and translator living in Jerusalem, has taught literature in the Bard College humanities program at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. The New York Times called his first book Running Commentary (Public Affairs, 2010) “beautifully written and richly researched.” His second book was Jerusalem: City of the Book (co-authored with Merav Mack). Balint’s reviews and essays regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Haaretz, The Weekly Standard, and The Claremont Review of Books. His translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in The New Yorker.

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. ...