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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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Arrested for no reason and put on trial, this famous unfinished novel is an exercise in frustration. I didn't love the book, but I appreciate what Kafka did. The absurdity of bureaucracy was perfectly highlighted. ( )
  bookworm12 | Nov 19, 2015 |
A whole host of interpretations of this book are out there, which is not surprising given it was unfinished by the author and the chapters are likely out of order. An interesting read, one of those stories where what you get out of it depends in part on your life experiences, your world view and beliefs.
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  PCGator | Sep 18, 2015 |
Sparsely written, mostly just plot and dialogue, very little description, but still well-written. Tale in an unspecified city in an unspecified country, takes on a surreal tone; dare I say Kafkaesque? ( )
  charlie68 | Aug 24, 2015 |
Kafka's terrifying masterpiece that perfectly sums up the feeling of being in court. Although unfinished, The Trial has enough in it to let you know that it is a one-of-a-kind book of the first order. A somewhat similar book to this, Darkness At Noon, was published but it honestly doesn't come close to matching this book which is not allegory, not satire, not speculative. It just is. Perhaps there is no sadism greater than the mental torture of a trial in which you don't know what you're being charged with, where anything you say could further indict you, where you don't know how long the trial will last, and you don't know the extent to which the people of which you are in the power will use their authority. In truth this novel is also the ultimate expression of the legally-sanctioned sadomasochism in which people participate willingly. To believe something like this couldn't happen here is pure naivete, especially in the face of the fact that it does happen each and every day. It's perhaps the most slashing and visceral portrait of a system rotten to the core ever committed to paper. The lacuna (a skip from one of the book's chapters to the very end) evokes perhaps the greatest known literary loss of the 20th century. Savage to no known bounds, The Trial is absolutely one of the pinnacle examples of the 20th century novel. ( )
  Salmondaze | Jul 1, 2015 |
The Trial is a compelling read, but also so fucking frustrating. Questions are never answered and your left scream WHY???? K wakes up to find out he is being arrested, he is never told why, he is free to go about his daily life as long as when he is summoned to the court he comes. He tries to dismiss the trial as nothing more than a shady court system trying to get a bribe out of him. More people learn of his trial and he begins to take it more serious. K explores options and meets other people on trial. The ending will mess you up.

So what is the point of The Trial? There are lots of meanings that can be placed to what is read. Bureaucracy bullshit, a variety of metaphors the trial represents, or simply nothing but the text that is provided. Either way its a great short read that is interesting til the end. I didn’t know how I felt at the ending, was just kind of lost for a feeling, but I think that feeling of not know what I am feeling fits well with The Trial. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | Jun 28, 2015 |
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Una mañana cualquiera, Josef K., joven empleado de un banco, se despierta en la pensión donde reside con la extraña visita de unos hombres que le comunican que está detenido -aunque por el momento seguirá libre-. Le informan de que se ha iniciado un proceso contra él, y le aseguran que conocerá los cargos a su debido tiempo. Así comienza una de las más memorables y enigmáticas pesadillas jamás escritas. Para el protagonista, Josef K., el proceso laberíntico en el que inesperadamente se ve inmerso supone una toma de conciencia de sí mismo, un despertar que le obliga a reflexionar sobre su propia existencia, sobre la pérdida de la inocencia y la aparición de la muerte. La lectura de El proceso produce cierto «horror vacui» pues nos sumerge en una existencia absurda, en el filo de la navaja entre la vida y la nada.
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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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