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    The Castle (Paperback) By (author) Franz Kafka, Introduction by Idris Parry, Translated by J. Underwood

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    Description"The Castle" is the story of K, the unwanted Land Surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle nor accepted in the village, and yet cannot go home. As he encounters dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, and reason and nonsense, K's struggles in the absurd, labyrinthine world where he finds himself seem to reveal an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. Kafka began "The Castle" in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his three great novels, draws fascinating conclusions that make it feel strangely complete.


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    Title
    The Castle
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Franz Kafka, Introduction by Idris Parry, Translated by J. Underwood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 224 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141183442
    ISBN 10: 0141183446
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC, FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    DC21: 833.912
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000, FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    07 December 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod. Translated by J. A. Underwood With an Introduction by Idris Parry
    Review text
    Kafka's great allegory (originally published, posthumously, in 1926) of a supposed surveyor adrift in a "castle," which may be no more than a collection of random buildings, memorably expresses his distinctive vision of a formless and secretive world that frustrates our efforts to comprehend it. This compulsively readable new translation, based on a text "restored" from the author's original manuscript, labors to replace the standard English version (by Willa and Edwin Muir) that had "tone[d] down Kafka's ominousness" and "normalized" his deliberately eccentric syntax and punctuation. In either translation, The Castle is a major modern symbolist work, and it's good to have it in print once again. (Kirkus Reviews)