Unpublished Franz Kafka story 'discovered'





A handwritten story by Franz Kafka that has never been published is understood to be contained in a secret archive of the author's private papers.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which was involved in the legal challenge to lift the secrecy surrounding the privately-held archive, disclosed the existence of the short story on its website.

The discovery emerged as an Israeli court rejected an application to keep secret the contents of a vast collection of Kafka's writings that has been buried in the vaults of three banks in Israel and Switzerland for over 40 years.

The news will cause enormous excitement in the literary world. Although his longer novel The Trial gave the world the adjective Kafkaesque, it is his short stories that are perhaps best known to the reading public. His most memorable short story was probably The Metamorphosis, whose unfortunate hero, Gregor Samsa, wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into "a monstrous insect"....



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