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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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"Breon Mitchell's translation is an accomplishment of the highest order that will honor Kafka far into the twenty-first century." Walter Abish, author of How German Is It

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"Kafka's 'legalese' is alchemically fused with a prose of great verve and intense readability." James Rolleston, professor of Germanic languages and literatures, Duke University

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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.

About the Author

Franz Kafka is well known for his existentialist novels and short stories, including The Metamorphosis and The Trial.

Mitchell has received several translation awards. He is professor of Germanic studies and comparative literature at Indiana University.

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savvy simile, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by savvy simile)
Genius yes, fun to read no. Lengthy and exhausting descriptions thicken the book and not the plot. I realize this book is a piece of history which is why I forced my way through it. Perhaps something missed in translation or in semantics on my part, but the language was arduous and fell short of a strong finish.
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savvy simile, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by savvy simile)
Genius yes, fun to read no. Lengthy and exhausting descriptions thicken the book and not the plot. I realize this book is a piece of history which is why I forced my way through it. Perhaps something missed in translation or in symantics on my part but the language was arduous and fell short of a strong finish.
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NNobbe, May 2, 2010 (view all comments by NNobbe)
Franz Kafka delves into the issues of control and fate vs. free will in his novel The Trial. Josef K., an ambitious young bank official, awakes on his thirtieth birthday to discover that he has been arrested for a crime which they will not inform him of. Over the next year K. attempts to seize control of his case and confront the untouchable court. Along his journey, K. encounters several characters who wish to aide him in his trial and discovers the inner workings of the legal system. Kafka provides commentary on the unforgiving nature of the legal system, isolation, and the role of fate. The Trial is yet another masterpiece of Kafka’s that prompts readers to think critically about authority and societal roles. Those who enjoy Kafka’s works or are intrigued by the role of government and fate should read this book. I enjoyed the book because it prompts readers to consider the roles of government and how much control we truly have over our lives. The plot is captivating and keeps readers guessing throughout the novel. The book is effective in conveying the themes of control, isolation, and fate.
The Trial explores the idea that destiny is predetermined. From the beginning K. struggles to exert control over his trial only to find his attempts futile. He finds that the Court wields power over his outcome and that he can do nothing to change this. K. learns this when the Priest informs him, “The Court wants nothing from you. It receives you when you come and dismisses you when you go” (224). Kafka conveys the idea that fate is predetermined and the only control a person has is over how we react to the events that life presents. This chilling and exciting novel depicts a hopeless K. and the unseen forces that determine his outcome, inciting readers to consider the role of fate in their own lives.
I found the book intriguing because of the connection the reader feels with Josef K. and the way Kafka implores readers to consider the issue of fate vs. free will. Anyone who enjoys Franz Kafka should read The Trial. It is a masterpiece that reinforces the obscure and inquisitive nature of Kafka’s writing. The Trial is similar to Kafka’s short story The Metamorphosis in that it presents readers with character in dire straits who have no control over his own destiny. Readers who enjoy literature on the subjects of government control, authority, religion, and societal roles should pick up a copy of The Trial because it expertly explores these topics. The Trial is a cornerstone in the world of literature that remains relevant today.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805209990
Author:
Franz Kafka and Breon Mitchell
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Translator:
Mitchell, Breon
Editor:
Samuelson, Arthur H.
Author:
Kafka, Franz
Author:
Mitchell, Breon
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Totalitarianism
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 97-771
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
28 x 13 x 5 in 20.96 lb

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"Review" by , "Breon Mitchell's translation is an accomplishment of the highest order that will honor Kafka far into the twenty-first century."
"Review" by , "Kafka's 'legalese' is alchemically fused with a prose of great verve and intense readability."
"Synopsis" by , 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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