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The Trial

The Trial

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By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by Edwin Muir, Translated by Willa Muir

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099428644
  • ISBN 13: 9780099428640
  • Sales rank: 58,739

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The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes.

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Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born into a Jewish family in Prague. In 1906 he received a doctorate in jurisprudence, and for many years he worked a tedious job as a civil service lawyer investigating claims at the state Worker's Accident Insurance Institute. He never married, and published only a few slim volumes of stories during his lifetime. Meditation, a collection of sketches, appeared in 1912; The Stoker: A Fragment in 1913; The Metamorphosis in 1915; The Judgement in 1916; In the Penal Colony in 1919; and A Country Doctor in 1920. The great novels were not published until after his death from tuberculosis: America, The Trial, and The Castle.

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"It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing" -- Albert Camus "The Dante of the Twentieth Century" -- W. H. Auden