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The Anatomist of Power: Franz Kafka and the Critique of Authority

The Anatomist of Power: Franz Kafka and the Critique of Authority

By Costas Despiniadis

The study of Franz Kafka’s work has seen a steady rise in past decades, with interest broad and growing. With its breadth of sources and bold interpretation, Franz Kafka: The Anatomist of Power is a fascinating new look at one of the greatest authors of the 20th century. Of interest to both academic and public audiences, his work spans multiple disciplines, including literature, gender studies, Jewish studies, modern history, and political theory.

Although Kafka has been established for many years as a leading light of Western literature, and interest in his writings continue to grow, no work has yet fully focused on Kafka’s criticism of power institutions in his literary work. The anti-authoritarian dimension of Kafka's work, long silenced in established criticism, is explored for the first time in this book.

Supported by a close reading of Kafka's diaries, this book reconstructs Kafka's active participation in Prague’s anarchist circles between 1909-1912, discussing his wide interest in anarchist authors, his skepticism towards the Russian Revolution, and his ambivalent relationship with Utopian Zionism.

Costas Despiniadis is a writer, publisher, translator and editor, and the founder of Greek publishing house and journal Panopticon. He has translated 25 books and dozens of essays by Arendt, Shelley, Goldman, Thoreau, Huxley, Kropotkin and Proudhon, among others. His own essays and books have been translated into French, German, Spanish and English.
148 pages
Black Rose Books, 2018
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN 9781551646565

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