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

Costas Despiniadis Stelios Kapsomenos



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Black Rose Books
20 September 2019
Literary studies: general; Anarchism
Few twentieth-century writers remain as potent as Franz Kafka-one of the rare figures to maintain both a major presence in the academy and on the shelves of general readers. Yet, remarkably, no work has yet fully focused on his politics and anti-authoritarian sensibilities. The Anatomist of Power: Franz Kafka and the Critique of Authority is a fascinating new look at his widely known novels and stories (including The Trial, Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony and Amerika), portraying him as a powerful critic of authority, bureaucracy, capitalism, law, patriarchy, and prisons. Making deft use of Kafka's diaries, his friends' memoirs, and his original sketches, Costas Despiniadis addresses his active participation in Prague's anarchist circles, his wide interest in anarchist authors, his skepticism about the Russian Revolution, and his ambivalent relationship with utopian Zionism. The portrait of Kafka that emerges is striking and fresh-rife with insights and a refusal to accept the structures of power that dominated his society.
By:   Costas Despiniadis
Translated by:   Stelios Kapsomenos
Imprint:   Black Rose Books
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 223mm,  Width: 139mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   344g
ISBN:   9781551646589
ISBN 10:   1551646587
Pages:   148
Publication Date:   20 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Costas Despiniadis is a publisher, translator, and author of seven books. Stelios Kapsomenos is a translator and historian.

Reviews for The Anatomist of Power - Franz Kafka and the Critique of Authority

Despiniadis picks through the texts of [Kafka's] novels and short stories, augmented with references to his diary and surviving letters to reveal a [man] with unquestionable anarchist sympathies and an outlook on the world that was fully apart of that philosophy. . . . Analysed as an 'anatomist of power', this book goes to the heart of [Kafka's] absorption in the detail of human subjection. -- Chartist

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