The Trial (Hardcover)

Author: Kafka, Franz

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The story of the indictment, trial and reckoning of Joseph K.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679409946
SKU 30116370
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0679409947
Release Date 7/1/1992
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
Franz Kafka
Kafka lived with his quiet mother and domineering father until he was 31. He studied law at the university in Prague, where he met Max Brod, who was to become his close friend and literary executor. After graduation, Kafka worked for an insurance company and began to publish his writing. Despite several intense love affairs, he never married; in 1917 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He died in an Austrian sanatorium. Kafka's fictional works, which explore the depths of angst and alienation in a stubbornly non-naturalistic style, are among the masterpieces of 20th-century literature; the word "Kafkaesque"--i.e., absurd, meaningless, or irrational--has entered the English language.
"...I have read 'The Trial', and not in a long time have I come upon a novel which, without being in any vulgar sense spectacular, is more astonishing....It keeps one foot so solidly on the ground that you can think of few books which stay there more firmly with both feet. But its other foot swings far out into space, conferring upon the literal action of the story a depth of meaning--or if meaning if often elusive, a power of suggestion--which can best be called visionary....No summary can convey the atmosphere which Kafka cunningly distills..."
" ardent incantation of reality, an urgent formulation of the question of religious existence."
"Here we are taken to the limits of human thought. Indeed, everything in this work is, in a true sense, essential. It states the problem of the absurd in its entirety....It is the fate, and perhaps also the greatness, of this work that it leaves open all possibilities and confirms none."
"This short novel has passed into far more than classical literary status...In more than one hundred languages the epithet 'Kafkaesque' attaches to the central images, to the constraints of inhumanity and absurdity in our times...It is in this diffusion of the Kafkaesque into so many recesses of our private and public existence, that 'The Trial' plays a commanding role."
"Kafka's 'Trial' defies rational interpretation. The realism of its images exceed the power of one's imagination..."
From the Publisher
Editors Note (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)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
Annotation Kafka's exploration of the psychological terror inherent in everyday life is both allegorical and stunningly realistic. A bank employee named Joseph K. is accused of a crime he not only did not commit but doesn't even understand. He is released, but thereafter enslaved to a legal system that requires him to continue to go to court to defend his innocence in a case that is never explained, never resolved. Try though he may to take control of the situation, the hero's life, revealed in all its barrenness, disintegrates not only at the bank where he works but in his relationship with a young woman and with his landlady. Finally, in a last absurd twist, he is executed. Kafka expressed the wish that THE TRIAL never be published, but thanks to the intervention of his literary executor, Max Brod, it appeared posthumously. It is considered a classic of modernist literature, an early existential work that has had enormous influence on most serious 20th-century writers.
First Line Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0344
Publisher Everyman's Library

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