The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text

Kobo ebook | October 3, 2012

byFranz Kafka

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Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it.

In his brilliant translation, Breon Mitchell masterfully reproduces the distinctive poetics of Kafka's prose, revealing a novel that is as full of energy and power as it was when it was first written.


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Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of t...

Franz Kafka was born to middle-class Jewish parents in Prague, Czechoslovakia on July 3, 1883. He received a law degree at the University of Prague. After performing an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts, he obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian governme...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empathic frustrations #plumreview An existential mystery unfolds unfolds in this odd, terrifying nightmare of bureaucracy run amok.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All you can Eat Pulled Pork Poutine! It starts out fantastic! Condensed, beautiful writing.Passages are so evocative and thought provoking. Kafka's word choice is filled with tension and makes me think his mind is being arrested. Love, love the beginning. It becomes a bit slow or tedious in the middle. But there are sparks of greatness throughout. I pummelled through to the end. If this book was food, it would have to be an "All you can Eat Pulled Pork Poutine." It's simply amazing in the beginning but more than I can handle. I'll go back for seconds and reread my highlighted passages. The world he creates is so dreamlike and memorable. It's worth the Buffet Style multiple reading trips back into The Trial.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Maybe it was the translation, but I was disappointed in this story. I loved the Metamorphosis and his other stories, so maybe my expectations were too high. It was still a decent read, but didn't live up to it's reputation or K's other works. I'll probably read it again, but maybe in a different translation.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Classic Still incredibly culturally relevant and shocking in its content, this book is a classic of modern literature. Kafka's unique style of writing dominates this novel.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This is an amazing book. One should be reminded how easily it is to be accused of anything .
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dystopic This novel deals with totalitarian politics and injustice that common people often face in our modern society (guilty until proven innocent). The atmosphere is quite dystopic and very pessimistic, similar to Orwell's "1984", with the government representing totalitarian rule and has the absolute power of authority over the people. I think the only gripe I have is the fact that this novel is left unfinished, but quite understandably since Kafka never meant for it to be published. If you're into Existentialism, I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Process on Trial: A quick note about Kafka's take on law and society In socio-political terms, Franz Kafka's The Trial can be summed up as an illustration of law gone mad within a culture unconcerned with a social contract and the questioning or challenging of authority required to maintain a morally viable civil society. The story concerns Joseph K, an upstanding citizen of a civilized state with a written constitution implying, if not overtly guaranteeing, the right of individual privacy. Despite such political and legal safeguards, K is arrested in his home on charges that are never disclosed. His accuser is never revealed, nor is the law explained. The dehumanizing bureaucracy and arcane, corrupt legal process are, despite the bizarre character of Kafka’s novel, both comic and chilling, for, among other things, The Trial is a warning to good people everywhere who, through their failure to act against usurpations of authority and abuses of power, are complicit in the illegal or unethical actions of those exercising control over their society. So it is that Joseph K. is undone as much by his insistence on maintaining perfect decorum, which he maintains despite the increasingly outrageous assertions of civil officials, as he is by anything else in the ridiculous and immoral process through which he is destroyed. Pathological affinities between authority and religiosity are clearly drawn in The Trial, and Kafka's expressed fears remain relevant today even for those who, living in democratic nations, assume that constitutional documents and due legal processes guarantee justice, the protection of individual privacy, and all subsequent civil liberties and rights. draft notes: Copyright 2001 by Brian D. Sadie
Date published: 2007-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the trial An excellent book that could add to the feeling of Czechoslovakia during the occupation, if one is studying that. Joseph K. is led to defend himself against charges of which he does not know the seriousness of nor does he understand. Too late he realizes that he is defending himself against himself. Man's self reliance and faith are truly being tested by a court where Holden Caufield would have been killed without being called.
Date published: 1999-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alien Within Few authors of any era capture the isolation and inherit isolation within society with the depth and insight of Franz Kafka. The Trial, a dark, cryptic novel-noir, seperates itself from other works of world order in that 'The Trial' is not an apocalyptic vision of the future (see Orwell's '1984'), but a harrowing tail of the very real bureaucracy of any civlization which enforces law and order on the proletariat. Far too paranoid a text to confuse itself with any sense of reality, Kafka creates an empty palette of anti-establishment confusion, centered only its' steadfast resolve of truth, albeit the truth of a mad man. Kafka is brilliant not because he is able to relate to the plight of the common person, but rather because he reveals his own open wound in such a stunning manner, one cannot help but search within for the same sense of alienation he so desperately rails against; in order to discover the real meaning of repression.
Date published: 1998-10-23