Connecting Jared Kushner and Franz Kafka

Jared Kushner American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher
His business partners included Goldman Sachs and billionaire George Soros, a top Democratic Party donor.

George Soros
Peter Soros was married to the former Flora Fraser, a daughter of Lady Antonia Fraser and the late Sir Hugh Fraser and a stepdaughter of the late 2005 Nobel LaureateHarold Pinter.

Harold Pinter English playwright (1930–2008)
Pinter also adapted other writers' novels to screenplays, including ''The Pumpkin Eater'' (1964), based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer, directed by Jack Clayton; '' The Quiller Memorandum'' (1966), from the 1965 spy novel ''The Berlin Memorandum'', by Elleston Trevor, directed by Michael Anderson; '' The Last Tycoon'' (1976), from the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, directed by Elia Kazan; '' The French Lieutenant's Woman'' (1981), from the novel by John Fowles, directed by Karel Reisz; '' Turtle Diary'' (1985), based on the novel by Russell Hoban; ''The Heat of the Day'' (1988), a television film, from the 1949 novel by Elizabeth Bowen; '' The Comfort of Strangers'' (1990), from the novel by Ian McEwan, directed by Paul Schrader; and ''The Trial'' (1993), from the novel by Franz Kafka, directed by David Jones.

Jared Kushner American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher
The law was passed in response to President John F. Kennedy's decision to appoint his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general in 1961. However, on January 20, 2017, the Department of JusticeOffice of Legal Counsel issued an opinion stating the anti-nepotism law does apply to appointments within the White House, after Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick claimed the 1967 law does not apply to the White House because it is not an 'agency'.

Robert F. Kennedy American politician and lawyer (1925–1968)
As his brother's confidant, Kennedy oversaw the CIA's anti-Castro activities after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Allegations that the Kennedys knew of plans by the CIA to kill Fidel Castro, or approved of such plans, have been debated by historians over the years.

Fidel Castro Leader of Cuba from 1959 to 2011
Balfour described Castro as having a "voracity for knowledge" and "elephantine memory" that allowed him to speak for hours on a variety of different subjects. His hero was Alexander the Great, whose Spanish equivalent ''Alejandro'' he adopted as his ''nom de guerre''. Castro was a voracious reader; amongst his favorite authors were Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, William Shakespeare, and Maxim Gorky, and he named ''For Whom the Bell Tolls'' as his favorite book, committing several portions of the novel to memory and even utilizing some of its lessons as a guerilla fighter. He enjoyed art and photography and was known as a patron of both within Cuba but was uninterested in music and disliked dancing. He was also an avid fan of cinema, particularly Soviet films.

Jared Kushner American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher
Within the Trump administration, Kushner had been a staunch defender of Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman.

Mohammed bin Salman Saudi crown prince and Minister of Defense (born 1985)
In early 2018, he visited the United States, where he met with many politicians, business people and Hollywood stars, including then-President Trump, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Michael Bloomberg, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Dwayne Johnson.

E. T. A. Hoffmann German Romantic author (1776–1822)
Hoffmann is one of the best-known representatives of German Romanticism, and a pioneer of the fantasy genre, with a taste for the macabre combined with realism that influenced such authors as Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849), Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852), Charles Dickens (1812–1870), Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), George MacDonald (1824–1905), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881), Vernon Lee (1856–1935), Franz Kafka (1883–1924) and Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980). Hoffmann's story '' Das Fräulein von Scuderi'' is sometimes cited as the first detective story and a direct influence on Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"; Characters from it also appear in the opera '' Cardillac'' by Paul Hindemith.

Jared Kushner American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher
In 2008, he donated to the campaign for Hillary Clinton and his newspaper the ''New York Observer'' endorsed Barack Obama over John McCain in the 2008 United States presidential election.

John McCain
McCain acknowledged having said intemperate things in years past, though he also said that many stories have been exaggerated. One psychoanalytic comparison suggested that McCain was not the first presidential candidate to have a temper, and cultural critic Julia Keller argued that voters want leaders who are passionate, engaged, fiery, and feisty.

Julia Keller
Her doctoral dissertation explored multiple biographies of Virginia Woolf (''A poetics of literary biography: The creation of "Virginia Woolf"'', Ohio State, 1996). She currently lives in both Chicago and rural Ohio.

Virginia Woolf
*In many Barnes & Noble stores, Woolf is featured in Gary Kelly's ''Author Mural Panels,'' an imprint of the Barnes & Noble Author brand that also features other notable authors like Hurston, Tagore, and Kafka.

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