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A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis--an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life--including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door--becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Praise for The Trial:
"Breon Mitchell's translation of the restored text is an accomplishment of the highest order -- one that will honor Kafka, perhaps the most singular and compelling writer of our time, far into the twenty-first century."
-- Walter Abish, author of How German Is It
Praise for The Castle:
translated by Mark Harman from the restored text
"The new Schocken edition of The Castle represents a major and long-awaited event in English- language publishing. It is a wonderful piece of news for all Kafka readers who, for more than half a century, have had to rely on flawed, superannuated editions. Mark Harman is to be commended for his success in capturing the fresh, fluid, almost breathless style of Kafka's original manuscript."
-- Mark M. Anderson, Columbia University
"Semantically accurate to an admirable degree, faithful to Kafka's nuances, responsive to the tempo of his sentences and to the larger music of his paragraph construction. For the general reader or for the student, it will be the translation of preference for some time to come."
-- J. M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books
"There is a great deal to applaud in Harman's translation. It gives us a much better sense of Kafka's uncompromising and disturbing originality as a prose master than we have heretofore had in English."
--Robert Alter, The New Republic
Franz Kafka is brilliant! This will scare the hell out of anyone. Read it!Published 3 days ago by Planet Marcel
If, like me, you abhor the impersonal, overly rationalistic bureaucratic ethos that increasingly informs modernity as it reduces human beings to quantified ciphers who must meet... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dasein
Kafka's story is well-known and still reads as a thriller and with layers of meaning that will haunt you forever. This particular edition is highly recommendable. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Steen Bruun-Nielsen
Kafka's book, which is impossible to put down, is a fascinating description of a series of events in the life of "Joseph K". Read morePublished 26 days ago by R. IYER
Although I recognize the brilliance of this work, The Trial is perhaps getting through The Trial.Published 29 days ago by JackGoon
Excellent, easy read. Very philosophical and thought provoking. I got the book after seeing the movie on TCM. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheldon
I think I finished The Trial on Saturday. I say, “I think”, because I keep thinking that I have passed a most tedious trial and that someone is going to knock on my door at any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Hollingdale
A lot to think about- concerning the impersonal workings of a burecracyPublished 1 month ago by D. Seitz
This kindle version is the same one you can find on Gutenburg for free. It displayed when I searched for the Muir translation and I bought it by accident. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David McDannald