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    The Castle (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by John Williams, Introduction by John Williams, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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    DescriptionKafka's final novel was written during 1922, when the tuberculosis that was to kill him was already at an advanced stage. Fragmentary and unfinished, it perhaps never could have been finished; perhaps the tensions between K., the Castle and the village, K.'s struggle for acceptance or recognition by the mysterious Castle authorities or by the people of the village, never will and never can be resolved. Like much of Kafka's work, The Castle is enigmatic and polyvalent. Is it an allegory of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire as it disintegrates into modern nation states, or a quasi-feudal system giving way to a new freedom for the subject? Is it the search by a central European Jew for acceptance and integration into a dominant culture? Is it a spiritual quest for grace or salvation, or an individual's struggle between his sense of independence and his need for approval? Is K. is an opportunist, a victim, or an outsider battling against an elusive authority? Is the Castle a benign source of authority or a whimsical system of control? Like K., the reader is presented with conflicting perspectives that rehearse the existential dilemmas and uncertainties of literary modernity.


 

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    Title
    The Castle
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by John Williams, Introduction by John Williams, Series edited by Tom Griffith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 193 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840221824
    ISBN 10: 1840221828
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    DC21: 833.912
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    05 July 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Herts