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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.

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"Breon Mitchell''s translation of the restored text is an accomplishment of the highest order -- one that will honor Kafka, perhaps the most singular and compelling writer of our time, far into the twenty-first century."
-- Walter Abish, author of How German Is It

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translated by Mark Harman from the restored text

"The new Schocken edition of The Castle represents a major and long-awaited event in English- language publishing. It is a wonderful piece of news for all Kafka readers who, for more than half a century, have had to rely on flawed, superannuated editions. Mark Harman is to be commended for his success in capturing the fresh, fluid, almost breathless style of Kafka''s original manuscript."
-- Mark M. Anderson, Columbia University

"Semantically accurate to an admirable degree, faithful to Kafka''s nuances, responsive to the tempo of his sentences and to the larger music of his paragraph construction. For the general reader or for the student, it will be the translation of preference for some time to come."
-- J. M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books

"There is a great deal to applaud in Harman''s translation. It gives us a much better sense of Kafka''s uncompromising and disturbing originality as a prose master than we have heretofore had in English."
--Robert Alter, The New Republic

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Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech-born German-speaking writer whose posthumously published novels express the alienation of 20th century man.

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R.W.F.
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Do NOT buy this edition. It''s a scam.
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2018
This publication is a joke. Someone downloaded Kafka''s (out of copyright) work, put it into Microsoft Word - chose the smallest, most obnoxious sans serif font to save paper and sold it through Amazon. It''s completely illegible. Pay a little more for a legitimate copy and... See more
This publication is a joke. Someone downloaded Kafka''s (out of copyright) work, put it into Microsoft Word - chose the smallest, most obnoxious sans serif font to save paper and sold it through Amazon. It''s completely illegible. Pay a little more for a legitimate copy and enjoy this great work.
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Catwhowalksbyhimself
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Book anticipates so much of our modern experience
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
Kafka''s The Trial is a tough book to read, perhaps because so much of what he wrote about seems plausible today. Secret decisions in which the primary person is not informed (think about some of the digital monitoring that goes on), trials that are unaccessible, and the... See more
Kafka''s The Trial is a tough book to read, perhaps because so much of what he wrote about seems plausible today. Secret decisions in which the primary person is not informed (think about some of the digital monitoring that goes on), trials that are unaccessible, and the insidious effect on one''s social circles where the shadow of a trial quickly becomes known among many, but there is no recourse or ability to deny anything. And yet, with a modern eye, I also saw so many instances of Josef K''s own arrogance and blindness to his own shortcomings. He makes speeches when he might have the chance to listen. He sexually assaults (kissing her extensively without her permission) a young woman in the same boarding house and then is clueless about why she''s avoiding him. And when the two officers who originally arrested him are being beaten in a room in his Bank building, he does not try to assist them by calling to someone else but appears to simply hope that they are not heard by anyone else in the building. And yet his reactions are understandable, and perhaps quite typical even today of how someone might act. It''s a scary book, not because of any fantastic monsters, but because of the way a government with no accountability can corrupt all citizens under fear and secrecy.
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E. F. Paredes
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Thank you, Amazon, for refunding my money
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
Should’ve read the reviews first, but Amazon rectified the issue in the end. Yes, this is a book printed directly off Project Gutenberg’s public domain library, but there’s no indication that whoever printed it would donate to the cause or pocket the money. That’s too... See more
Should’ve read the reviews first, but Amazon rectified the issue in the end. Yes, this is a book printed directly off Project Gutenberg’s public domain library, but there’s no indication that whoever printed it would donate to the cause or pocket the money. That’s too shady for me. I asked for, and received a refund and used my money to buy a copy of The Trial from a known publisher.
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The Huntington Book Depository
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Kafka''s tough, but this is a great hardcover edition
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2020
I decided to give this classic a read given my interest overall in the Everyman''s Library collection. These books come with an insightful introduction (which you are really going to find helpful with Kafka), as well as a biographical timeline of the author''s life and work.... See more
I decided to give this classic a read given my interest overall in the Everyman''s Library collection. These books come with an insightful introduction (which you are really going to find helpful with Kafka), as well as a biographical timeline of the author''s life and work. In short, you get a handsome and durable hardcover edition - at the same time you get the information to have the work and the author''s inspiration for the work placed into a broader context. If you''re going to read something, buy a nice quality edition like this and learn a little along the way.

I''ll warn you right now - Kafka''s not an easy read, and you don''t get a Deep Literature merit badge or anything for gutting it out through this book. There are parts that are insightful, parts that are weird, parts that are downright boring. But if you have to pick a Kafka novel this is actually a great place to start - the plot is pretty understandable, the feelings are relatable for those who have to deal with bureaucratic absurdity and frustration on a daily basis, the book is not all that long. You will definitely find the introduction to be helpful in explaining Kafka and his writing style, which will help you here as you wade into the shallow end of this particular author, so I''d strongly endorse this Everyman''s Library hardcover edition.
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Pseudo D
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another predicament
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2019
Kafka is an important writer who is the topic of frequent allusions, but it has been a long time since I studied Metamorphosis, where the guy turns into a bug. The trial also involves the main character, known as K., ending up in a strange situation. He... See more
Kafka is an important writer who is the topic of frequent allusions, but it has been a long time since
I studied Metamorphosis, where the guy turns into a bug.

The trial also involves the main character, known as K., ending up in a strange situation. He found out
while waiting for breakfast that he was arrested (but still allowed to go to the bank, etc.). And he never
found out what it was with which he was charged. Along the way he got a girlfriend, who was able to
influence the different authorities. Also there was his lawyer, who had some arguments about how he
was helping K., or not. He suggested that the options were deferment, where you keep pushing it
back indefinitely; partial innocence; or full innocence. As a lawyer he couldn''t help with full innocence,
but since K. was innocent he might be able to achieve full innocence himself.

Then there was the encounter with the priest, on p. 265 at the end. He said "You don''t need to accept
everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary". K replied that this is a "depressing view"
where it''s "The lie made into the rule of the world". The dramatic but mysteriously unsatisfying conclusion
follows.
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An excellent book for someone in jail
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020
I bought this book for my son when he was in the local jail for about 6 weeks for a minor drug offense. The only books that can be sent to an inmate are those that come from a commercial outfit like Amazon, and so I sent him this and a few other books that I thought would... See more
I bought this book for my son when he was in the local jail for about 6 weeks for a minor drug offense. The only books that can be sent to an inmate are those that come from a commercial outfit like Amazon, and so I sent him this and a few other books that I thought would be interesting for someone accused of a crime and in the jail system. The book is about K. who gets hints that he has been accused of a crime, and that there is going to be a trial, but he can never find out what he has been accused of, or much detail about the trial. My son read it out loud to his cell mates, and the book was passed around within the jail avidly.
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Serge
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Bootleg copy
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2017
Received a bootlegged copy of the book. Literally copied from a free digital version. It even has the pages claiming it is a free digital book printed and included in the back. Aside from that, the print is so small, even a magnifying glass would not make one capable... See more
Received a bootlegged copy of the book. Literally copied from a free digital version. It even has the pages claiming it is a free digital book printed and included in the back.
Aside from that, the print is so small, even a magnifying glass would not make one capable of reading the poorly printed words.
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Allen King
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What the Heck
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
Okay, I did not get this one at all. Maybe, I need to take a college literature course to understand the symbolism, but without that, I''m not at all sure what I read. It is not a particularly engaging story. Kafka doesn''t really paint a clear picture of an totalitarian... See more
Okay, I did not get this one at all. Maybe, I need to take a college literature course to understand the symbolism, but without that, I''m not at all sure what I read. It is not a particularly engaging story. Kafka doesn''t really paint a clear picture of an totalitarian state, but rather puts forth a confusing state, if any state at all. Too weird for my taste.
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Stiven Skyrah
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A book everyone must read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2018
It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary Nothing speaks a more profound truth than a pristine metaphor… Funny, us, worming through the world ascribing meaning, logic and order to the dumb, blind forces of void. It’s all one can...See more
It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary Nothing speaks a more profound truth than a pristine metaphor… Funny, us, worming through the world ascribing meaning, logic and order to the dumb, blind forces of void. It’s all one can do to maintain sanity in the absurd reality of existence, but what is it worth? Are we trees in gale force winds fighting back with fists we do not possess? Is life the love of a cold, cruel former lover bating us on while only concerned with themselves? What use is logic in an illogical prison where the opinion of the masses reigns supreme? Franz Kafka’s The Trial is the world we all live in, unlocked through layers of allegory to expose the beast hidden from plain sight. On the surface it is an exquisite examination of bureaucracy and bourgeoisie with a Law system so complex and far-reaching that even key members are unable to unravel it’s complicated clockwork. However, this story of a trial—one that never occurs other than an arrest and a solitary conference that goes nowhere—over an unmentioned crime serves as a brutal allegory for our existence within a judgemental societal paradigm under the watch of a God who dishes out hellfire to the guilty. This is a world where man’s noose is only a doorway. The Trial is not for the faint of heart or fragile psyche yet, while the bleakness is laid on thick, it is also permeated with a marvelous sense of humor and a fluid prose that keeps the pages flipping and the reading hours pushing forward towards dawn. This is a dark comedy of the human comedy, full of the freeing chortles of gallow humor. Kafka’s nightmarish vision is the heartbeat of our own existence, chronicling the frustrations of futility when applying logic to the reality of the absurd, yet factual, nature of life. Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested. Seriously this is a book everyone should read. It teaches us about life in so many ways!
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RYAN FIENNES
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Everyman''s Library Classics Edition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2021
I purchased this book in the Everyman''s Library Classics Edition. The Everyman''s Library Classics Edition books are, in my opinion, the best quality books available in the price-range. They are quality bound; with acid-free paper, dust jacket, and ribbon page marker. There...See more
I purchased this book in the Everyman''s Library Classics Edition. The Everyman''s Library Classics Edition books are, in my opinion, the best quality books available in the price-range. They are quality bound; with acid-free paper, dust jacket, and ribbon page marker. There are also a great range of authors available in this collection; and they are very reasonably priced.
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Martin C
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One of the greatest novels of all time in a slightly clunky translation
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 7, 2020
The trial vies with The Castle for the greatest novel of all time. I am not here to review the novel as that has been done more than adequately elsewhere. I have read this book possibly a dozen times but not this translation, for some reason. The translation, by Idris...See more
The trial vies with The Castle for the greatest novel of all time. I am not here to review the novel as that has been done more than adequately elsewhere. I have read this book possibly a dozen times but not this translation, for some reason. The translation, by Idris Parry, is competent but clunky. Kafka''s prose is not the easiest but I think two translators have done better. I prefer Breon Mitchell on Schocken or Mike Mitchell in Oxford World Classics. This is, of course, a personal preference. You are more likely to pick up this translation (or the Muirs) in a bookshop but I would recommend ordering online for one of the Mitchell translations.
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It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2020
No novel can even come close to this one in the intensely nightmarish portrayal of it’s type of dark "justice". Put simply, this book haunts me. I could not stop thinking about it, it played over and over in my mind because I have questions, so many questions. What is the...See more
No novel can even come close to this one in the intensely nightmarish portrayal of it’s type of dark "justice". Put simply, this book haunts me. I could not stop thinking about it, it played over and over in my mind because I have questions, so many questions. What is the trial? Is K actually guilty or is he innocent? A historic classic masterwork that plants in its reader bad dream seeds that may not germinate for years, but they will... oh yes, they will.
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E Sharp
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oh i LOVE this book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2011
Another book on my University reading list. I love it! It reminded me of Orwell''s 1984, in that the main character is so introspective and verging on the mentally instable (that last point is good for debate!). I liked the way each chapter could almost be read as a seperate...See more
Another book on my University reading list. I love it! It reminded me of Orwell''s 1984, in that the main character is so introspective and verging on the mentally instable (that last point is good for debate!). I liked the way each chapter could almost be read as a seperate story - each one seemed very contained and condensed, and there seemed a clear break between each one. It was like reading something new, which made the overall read more interesting as there was always something new happening, and more people getting introduced. The story is written like the main character ''K.'' is in a sort of dream, where strange things happen yet are enough based on realistic situations and things that it could be either dream or reality. It makes you think, and question. ''The Trial'' focuses on concepts of questioning authority, the legitimacy of authority, obsession, guilt, isolation and bureaucracy. Very suited to the modern world.
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