The Trial

The Trial

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'It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary'

Rediscover Kafka's classic work of psychological horror.

The Trial is 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 insanity of twentieth-century totalitarianism has resonated with readers for generations.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 20mm | 25g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099428644
  • 9780099428640
  • 5,232

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It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing
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No other voice has borne truer witness to the dark of our times -- George Steiner The Dante of the Twentieth Century -- W. H. Auden It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing -- Albert Camus
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About Franz Kafka

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; 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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