Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Book by Professor Douglas E. Litowitz Treats Kafka's Legal Fiction ... and his Workers' Compensation Job!

            Aha! The perfect person has written the perfect book for which many of us, lo these many years, have been waiting. Douglas E. Litowitz, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy, and who is also a law professor and practicing attorney, has capped a longtime interest in Franz Kafka by dissecting the gloomy writer/lawyer’s fiction and sharing his findings and analysis with us. In the end, he formulates, as you can tell from the title, a thesis with regard to Kafka’s overall view of the law.  See Douglas E. Litowitz, Kafka's Indictment of Modern Law (University Press of Kansas 2017).  The book is highly accessible (Litowitz first summarizes the essential stories where law is the focus, and then offers his interpretations), a pleasure to read, and animated throughout by the author’s intimate engagement with the subject, sense of humor, and healthy cynicism.  

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