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Book Review: Something Is Rotten in Fettig

By James W. Carroll Jr.

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Something Is Rotten in Fettig

By Jere Krakoff
Anaphora Literary Press (2016)



Jere Krakoff was not born to write this book. Rather, he lived his professional life to write this book. Krakoff worked as a civil rights lawyer for 40 years, primarily representing clients who had no other voice and whose lives were beyond difficult. Krakoff spent much of his career working for organizations like the ACLU, National Prison Project, and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In those jobs, he principally litigated cases on behalf of prisoners challenging conditions that were so dreadful that they could be deemed unconstitutional. These are serious issues, but Krakoff surprises us with a hilarious, deeply satirical book.

Something Is Rotten in Fettig tells the grim story of Leopold Plotkin, a kosher butcher living in an absurdly dystopian place known as the Republic. Its main characters include Potkin’s family, a friend or two, and various individuals who populate the Repub

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