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The Trial by Franz Kafka
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The Trial (1925)

by Franz Kafka

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A symbolistic study of the tyranny of modern social systems. Portrays the experiences of a young man who is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecified crime and is prepared for questioning and trial.
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I listened to the audio book narrated by someone Degas. I found the whole book extremely annoying. I probably missed lots of deep and meaningful stuff, but I found K annoying and selfish and I didn't like the way nearly all the women were falling over themselves to help him. I found there was a lot of "K thought x. It was of course true that blah, blah, blah. However, K still thought x."

I might have appreciated the book more if I had read it rather than listening to the audio book. However, the library only had the audio book. ( )
  KWharton | Dec 7, 2019 |
Full review to come! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
This was pretty wild. Surprisingly funny and very readable (and listenable). Much more about the idea than the characters and the unfinished nature of the book leads to some dead ends. The Cathedral chapter was a a bit dense and the ending abrupt but the world is fantastic and weird and beautifully frustrating. ( )
  ZJB | Sep 4, 2019 |
Well, I read it. A very strange story. I found it hard to care about K and his problems. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 2, 2019 |
"The Trial" is a work of byzantine bureaucracy, contradictory and meaningless rules, and inescapable dilemmas. It is widely viewed as a powerful statement about judicial systems in autocratic societies, and Kafka is sometimes credited with prescience in having foreseen what was to come in the dictatorships of Germany and the Soviet Union. Innumerable works of literary analysis have analyzed the work's nature, organization, history, and diverse translations.

I experienced this work as an audiobook, translated by Breon Mitchell and narrated by George Guidall. I consider this audio version as a good way to experience Kafka's novel. That's not to say that is interesting or enjoyable (after all, Kafka's work is read more for its literary value than for the purposes of enjoyment). Frankly, I thought the work overly long, and repetitious in theme. One gets the entire idea of the plot (such as it is) from the first few chapters -- along with a full sense of the tragicomic nature of the predicament in which "K" finds himself. But despite a fine narrator, I found that the tale grew wearisome and am not sure I followed it all, until, that is, its shocking ending. ( )
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kafka, FranzAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Čermák, JosefTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Babuta, Subnivsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Banville, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bragg, BillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Branner, H.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brod, MaxEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, E. M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cober, Alan E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrater, GabrielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fosshag, BengtIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hermsdorf, KlausAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koch, Hans-GerdEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kurpershoek, TheoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lambourne, NigelPhotogrammessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magris, ClaudioIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martinell, IngegärdTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, BreonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muir, EdwinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muir, WillaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nahuys, Alice vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oldenburg, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parry, IdrisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raja, AnitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salter, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simojoki, AukustiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zampa, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary 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.
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"The Court wants nothing from you. It receives you when you come and it dismisses you when you go."
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A Josef K., un giovane impiegato di banca che conduce una tranquilla vita borghese, viene notificato di essere in arresto per una colpa misteriosa. Il giovane cerca di difendersi, ma non riesce neppure a sapere di che cosa precisamente venga accusato. Lenta ma inarrestabile, la macchina processuale invaderà a poco a poco tutta la sua esistenza finché, solo e abbandonato da tutti, Josef K. accetterà di soccombere. Scritto nel 1925, capolavoro della letteratura europea, Il processo è forse il romanzo di Kafka che meglio descrive l’angosciosa condizione dell’uomo in una società divenuta ormai troppo complessa, vissuta come un meccanismo implacabile e fine a se stesso, minacciosa e indifferente a qualsiasi autentico valore.
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