Elif Batuman is on Fire

Posted by Jason Diamond

Or: Elif Batuman: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.

If I had to pick one part of her article in today’s New York Times Magazine, “Kafka’s Last Trial,”  this is definitely is it:

“They say the papers will be safer in Germany, the Germans will take very good care of them. Well, the Germans don’t have a very good history of taking care of Kafka’s things. They didn’t take good care of his sisters.” He fell silent. “I was together with Kafka’s sister Ottla,” he added, in a conversational tone.

“Oh, really?” I said, not understanding what he meant. “Yes,” he said, smiling vaguely. “In Theresienstadt, before she was murdered.”