The Kisch case and other reflections on law and literature
by Nicholas Hasluck
15 September 2003
ISBN: 1 74008 240 0
When left-wing journalist Egon Kisch - the 'rampaging reporter' - was refused entry to Australia in 1934, the ban led to a fierce debate about immigration controls that remains relevant today.
In The Legal Labyrinth Nicholas Hasluck revisits the Kisch case and the steps he took in writing a novel about the affair. The diary he kept on a recent visit to Vietnam casts fresh light on Kisch's links to South East Asia.
A Kafkaesque quality pervades Kisch's misadventures 'down under'. This sets the scene for sharp reflections on law and literature, and the nature of the 'legal labyrinth'.