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    The Trial (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by Idris Parry

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    DescriptionA terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis-an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life--including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door--becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.


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    Title
    The Trial
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by Idris Parry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141182902
    ISBN 10: 0141182903
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    DC21: 833.912
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: DEUT3010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC040000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT
    Edition
    94001
    Edition statement
    1. A., Reprint 2000.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    29 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech-born German-speaking writer whose posthumously published novels express the alienation of 20th century man.
    Review text
    Following closely this year's new version of The Castle, here is another in a series of retranslations based on "restored texts" assembled from Kafka's original manuscripts and notes. Mitchell's translation also proposes to replace an earlier one (by Willa and Edwin Muir) said to have been unduly influenced by the efforts of Kafka's friend and literary executor Max Brod to "improve" the former's chaotic unfinished manuscripts. The Trial (1924) - whose cryptic portrayal of a bank clerk interrogated for an undisclosed offense has become perhaps the dominant image of modernist "absurdity" - holds up well in a version characterized by long, crowded paragraphs and virtually incantatory accusatory repetitions that confer equal emphasis on the novel's despairing comedy and aura of unspecific menace. Admirers of Kafka's fiction will not want to miss it. (Kirkus Reviews)