Unpublished Kafka Story Discovered

Israeli judge orders secret archives opened
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2010 4:12 AM CDT
The writing has been been pulled from the vaults on the order of an Israeli court over the objections of two elderly women who claim to have inherited them from their mother.   (AP Photo/ho, File)

(Newser) – Kafka fans may have some reading to do. A team of lawyers and scholars have found a previously unpublished piece believed to have been authored by the late, great Franz Kafka. The discovery came after months of wrangling over the contents of ten locked vaults in Israel and Switzerland. An Israeli judge decided the archives should be opened and inspected before a decision is made on ownership, the Telegraph notes.

Fans of the late writer were quick to note that the dispute itself feels rather, well, Kafkaesqe. "Kafka could easily have written a story like this, where you try to do something and it all goes wrong and everything remains unresolved," one scholar tells AP. "It's really a case of life imitating art."

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