The Castle

Paperback | August 9, 2009

byFranz KafkaTranslated byAnthea BellEditorRitchie Robertson

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'K. kept feeling that he had lost himself, or was further away in a strange land than anyone had ever been before'A remote village covered almost permanently in snow and dominated by a castle and its staff of dictatorial, sexually predatory bureaucrats - this is the setting for Kafka's story about a man seeking both acceptance in the village and access to the castle. Kafka breaks new ground in evoking a densevillage community fraught with tensions, and recounting an often poignant, occasionally farcical love-affair. He also explores the relation between the individual and power, and asks why the villagers so readily submit to an authority which may exist only in their collective imagination.Published only after Kafka's death, The Castle appeared in the same decade as modernist masterpieces by Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Proust, and is among the central works of modern literature. This translation follows the text established by critical scholarship, and manuscript variants arementioned in the notes. The introduction provides guidance to the text without reducing the reader's own freedom to make sense of this fascinatingly enigmatic novel.

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'K. kept feeling that he had lost himself, or was further away in a strange land than anyone had ever been before'A remote village covered almost permanently in snow and dominated by a castle and its staff of dictatorial, sexually predatory bureaucrats - this is the setting for Kafka's story about a man seeking both acceptance in the v...

Anthea Bell is a freelance translator from French and German and the winner of various translation awards: the Schlegel-Tieck Award, UK, three times; the Wolff Award, US; the Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She is the translator of W. G. Sebald and Stefan Zweig, and is best-known as the translator of Asterix. Ritchie Ro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:August 9, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199238286

ISBN - 13:9780199238286

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do NOT buy this translation Do yourself a favour and buy Hartman's translation of the book. Some people recommend Muir and, well, maybe you should check out that version, too. This translation however is dull, dry, and will give you a poor version of what Kafka is capable of.
Date published: 2016-08-07