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The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Trial (original 1925; edition 2005)

by Franz Kafka

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Title:The Trial
Authors:Franz Kafka
Info:Vintage Classics (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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The Trial by Franz Kafka (1925)


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Uma terrível viagem psicológica à vida de Josef K., um homem comum que acorda um dia e se vê acusado de um crime que não cometeu, um crime cuja natureza nunca lhe é revelada. Uma vez preso, é libertado, mas deve retornar ao tribunal a uma base regular - uma série de eventos que se mostra enlouquecedora, pois nada é resolvido. À medida em que cresce a incerteza de seu destino, sua vida pessoal - incluindo o trabalho num banco e suas relações com a senhoria e uma jovem mulher que mora ao lado - torna-se cada vez mais imprevisível. K. tenta ganhar o controle, mas só consegue acelerar sua própria e excruciante espiral descendente. Dá prova do gênio de Kafka, como um romancista, um humorista, um psicólogo e um humorista, a sua dialética do absurdo, que jamais deixa a peteca da parábola cair. Cada tipo de gesto humano e cada detalhe realista são esmiuçados conforme aquela dialética do absurdo. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
An all-time great! ( )
  Jacobflaws | Jan 20, 2015 |
I couldn't finish it. Yea, I get it's length and pointlessness is part of the, well point, but still.

I have a copy of this book in German though, which I may take a shot at some time in the far future. ( )
  Czarmoriarty | Jan 12, 2015 |
My Review: I had several reasons for wanting to read this book, besides always wanting to read a book written by Franz Kafka, I’ve seen the movie of The Trial and want to compare them to each other. If you’ve ever seen an Orson Welles movie you will understand how intrigued I was to see if what Orson visualized was, in fact, what Franz wrote down? I am pleased to report the strangeness of Orson Welles adaptation of The Trial appears to be spot on when it comes to peculiarities.

You must first understand that The Trial was originally written in German, printed in 1925, and translated dozens of time. A lot of the authors original intent for their piece of work can get lost when it’s been translated as many times as this masterpiece has been. For the sake of not knowing anything about Kafka and his works I did read the LONG introduction that came along with the book. It’s not required in order to read The Trial but it was helpful. For instance, the fact that the chapters have no numbers, just titles, because one of the main mix-ups with the many hands this work passed through is it lost the order with which it was intended to be presented in. It also was never actually finished by Kafka! This shocked me the most since it is known (next to Metamorphosis) as the best thing he’s ever written.

Read the rest of my review here. ( )
  ericadrayton | Jan 8, 2015 |
Absurd, nightmarish, depressing and brilliant. The idea of someone being "arrested," "tried," and executed without ever being told what they did is unfortunately not as absurd as it used to be. Think this could only happen in Eastern European countries, Russia, Islamofacist strongholds? Think again. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Parry, IdrisTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.
Jemand mußte Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne daß er etwas Böses getan hätte, wurde er eines Morgens verhaftet.
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The story of The Trial's publication is almost as fascinating as the novel itself. Kafka intended his parable of alienation in a mysterious bureaucracy to be burned, along with the rest of his diaries and manuscripts, after his death in 1924. Yet his friend Max Brod pressed forward to prepare The Trial and the rest of his papers for publication. When the Nazis came to power, publication of Jewish writers such as Kafka was forbidden; Kafka's writings, many of which have distinctively Jewish themes, did not find a broad audience until after World War II. (Hannah Arendt once observed that although "during his lifetime he could not make a decent living, [Kafka] will now keep generations of intellectuals both gainfully employed and well-fed.") Among the current crop of Kafka heirs is Breon Mitchell, the translator of this edition of The Trial. Rather than tidying up Kafka's unconventional grammar and punctuation (as previous translators have done), Mitchell captures the loose, uneasy, even uncomfortable constructions of Kafka's original story. His translation technique is the only way to convey the comedy and confusion of this narrative, in which Josef K., "without having done anything truly wrong," is arrested, tried, convicted and executed--on a charge that is never disclosed to him. --Michael Joseph Gross

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A new edition of Kafka's classic work--certain to become the new standard.

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