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Kafka’s Manuscripts and the Hidden Libraries of Jerusalem: A Conversation with Ben Balint
Register to join Jewish Review of Books editor Abraham Socher for a conversation with award-winning author and translator Benjamin Balint. Balint’s recent book, Kafka’s Last Trial, tells the gripping story of the international legal battle over Franz Kafka’s unpublished papers. It was named Book of the Year by the Economist, awarded the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize, and praised by Stuart Schoffman in our pages as “a wise and eloquent study.” Balint is also the author, along with Merav Mack, of the work Jerusalem: City of the Book. JRB contributor Moshe Halbertal called it an “exquisite and brilliant exploration of the intricacies of Jerusalem’s libraries . . . one of the most intimate and beautiful portraits ever written of Jerusalem” after it was released last year.

You can join the conversation (and ask Benjamin Balint your own questions) on Thursday, October 29, at 12 p.m. (EDT) by registering for our Zoom webinar here.

Oct 29, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Abraham Socher
Editor in Chief @Jewish Review of Books
Abraham Socher is the founding editor of the Jewish Review of Books. He is the author of The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon: Judaism, Philosophy, Heresy (Stanford University Press) and coeditor, with Yitzhak Melamed and Paul Reitter, of The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon: The Complete Translation (Princeton University Press). Abe has published essays and reviews on topics in Jewish intellectual history, literary criticism, and baseball. He is a professor emeritus at Oberlin College.
Benjamin Balint
Author and Translator
Benjamin Balint, a writer and translator living in Jerusalem, is the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction: Kafka’s Last Trial, Running Commentary, and, with Merav Mack, Jerusalem: City of the Book. He is the winner of the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Balint has taught literature at the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem, the first humanities program of its kind for Palestinian students. His reviews and cultural journalism have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Haaretz, the Claremont Review of Books, the Weekly Standard, and Die Zeit (Germany), and his translations from Hebrew have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry International, and Crazyhorse.