The Trial, Hardback Book
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The story of the mysterious indictment, trial and reckoning forced upon Kafka's Joseph K. is one of the twentieth century's master parables which has influenced almost every major writer since.

By rendering the absurd and the terrifying with scrupulous factual accuracy and evenness of tone, Kafka presents the world we recognize in a gripping narrative which is also a revelation of its hidden significance.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781857150759

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I started reading this aaaages ago, and finally finished it by skimming through. I don't know what it is -- maybe the translation, maybe just Kafka's style -- but I found it more infuriating and frustrating than anything. I enjoyed the dark humour, but I don't think this style of completely absurd situation is for me, and I couldn't judge on the quality of Kafka's writing from this translation. Maybe if, someday, I learn German...<br/><br/>It probably doesn't help that I'm in bed recovering from food poisoning, so perhaps you should take my opinion with a pinch of salt. Still, however important it is in a literary sense, I can't say I enjoyed it.