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Preserving Imaginary Worlds

Best-selling author Nicole Krauss headlined a capacity NLI event in Manhattan



Nicole Krauss's new book, Forest Dark, is a bestseller in which Franz Kafka plays a central role. For the last decade, the National Library of Israel has been embroiled in its own drama involving Kafka and his literary legacy. Last year, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the rightful home for the Max Brod Archive, which includes hundreds of original Kafka papers, is at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. The collection is now being meticulously reviewed by National Library archival experts.



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On Sunday, November 12, Joyce and Daniel Straus graciously hosted an event in their New York home featuring a conversation between Nicole Krauss and Dr. Stefan Litt, the National Library archivist in charge of overseeing the Brod Archive and Kafka papers, ensuring that they are properly archived and their treasures revealed.  The conversation focused around fiction, archives, imagination, reality, the long and inspiring shadow of Kafka, Max Brod's critical role in the process of bringing his work to the world's attention, and more.  


Forest Dark was published in Hebrew this week!


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In addition to being an enthusiastic advocate of the renewal of the National Library, Nicole Krauss is a member of the Global Forum of the National Library of Israel, a group of 80 leading scholars, thinkers and creative minds from around the world, who meet every two years in Jerusalem to discuss issues on the contemporary Jewish, Israel and global agendas in light of the wisdom embodied by the National Library collections.


  Photo: Chris Herder Photography