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The Trial (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)

The story of the mysterious indictment, trial, and reckoning forced upon Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s The Trial is one of the twentieth century’s master parables, reflecting the central spiritual crises of modern life. Kafka’s method–one that has influenced, in some way, almost every writer of substance who followed him–was to render the absurd and the terrifying convincing by a scrupulous, hyperreal matter-of-factness of tone and treatment. He thereby imparted to his work a level of seriousness normally associated with civilization’s most cherished poems and religious texts.

 

Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium near Vienna in 1924. After earning a law degree in 1906, he worked for most of his adult life at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague. Only a small portion of Kafka's writings were published during his lifetime. He left instructions for his friend and literary executor Max Brod to destroy all of his unpublished work after his death, instructions Brod famously ignored.

ISBN: 9780679409946

ISBN-10: 9780679409946

Publisher: Everyman's Library

Publication Date: 06/30/1992 - 12:00am

On Sale: 06/30/1992 - 12:00am

Pages: 344

Language: English

Categories

Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Classics