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May 25, 1999
| ISBN 9780805209990
Mar 28, 1995
| ISBN 9780805210408
Jun 30, 1992
| ISBN 9780679409946
Oct 03, 2012
| ISBN 9780307829443
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May 25, 1999 | ISBN 9780805209990
Mar 28, 1995 | ISBN 9780805210408
Jun 30, 1992 | ISBN 9780679409946
Oct 03, 2012 | ISBN 9780307829443
Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka’s nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it.In his brilliant translation, Breon Mitchell masterfully reproduces the distinctive poetics of Kafka’s prose, revealing a novel that is as full of energy and power as it was when it was first written.
Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, The Trial has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.
The story of the mysterious indictment, trial, and reckoning forced upon Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s The Trial is one of the twentieth century’s master parables, reflecting the central spiritual crises of modern life. Kafka’s method–one that has influenced, in some way, almost every writer of substance who followed him–was to render the absurd and the terrifying convincing by a scrupulous, hyperreal matter-of-factness of tone and treatment. He thereby imparted to his work a level of seriousness normally associated with civilization’s most cherished poems and religious texts.
Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir
FRANZ KAFKA was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including “The Metamorphosis,” “The Judgment,” and “The Stoker.” He died in 1924, before completing any of… More about Franz Kafka
"Kafka’s ‘legalese’ is alchemically fused with a prose of great verve and intense readability." –James Rolleston, professor of Germanic languages and literatures, Duke University"Breon Mitchell’s translation is an accomplishment of the highest order that will honor Kafka far into the twenty-first century."–Walter Abish, author of How German Is It
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