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Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Mannie Sherberg
The eerily clairvoyant Kafka strikes again. His uncanny book "The Trial" is all about a man who is arrested and prosecuted for a crime which is never disclosed to him. He is never told what he has done wrong, and he has no way to find out. He knows only that some authority considers him guilty of something -- and is working inexorably to punish him for that something. The phrase "there is no way for any complainant to inquire about the process" is as Kafkaesque as anything written by Kafka himself. A few months ago, I would've said we're living in Orwell's "1984," but this is something even more bizarre than anything Orwell imagined. And not just bizarre: frightening.

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