“TRUST US. You’re guilty. We’re going to execute you, but we ca

“TRUST US. You’re guilty. We’re going to execute you, but we ca

Kafka died in 1924, but his work was recognized as a prophecy of the totalitarian nightmares of the rest of the 20th century. Who would have thought his images would resonate again? And not this time in Berlin or Prague. To watch the Bush administration cavalierly dismantle the most basic structures of justice is to feel like the man in “Metamorphosis” who discovers upon awakening that, in the night, he has become a monstrous insect. But, in the United States today, instead of thinking of his body as the objection of gross mutation, he is thinking of his nation. Kafka’s last novel was called “Amerika.”

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