The Trial by Franz Kafka
A New Translation Based on the Restored Text

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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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About Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including “The Metamorphosis,” “The Judgment,” and “The Stoker.” He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.
Published July 9, 2009 by OUP Oxford. 227 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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The Trial - Franz Kafka ... false accusation and the paranoia that inevitably
follows, the book is an absolute masterpiece that shows Kafka at his most

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As the construction of the Death Chamber at Guantanamo Bay is now nearly finished, to carry out sentences that will be rendered in secret against men who are unaware of the specific charges against them, unable to participate in the court's proceedings, whose lawyers may not see the "evidence" ag...

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