Trial

ISBN-10: 0805209999
ISBN-13: 9780805209990
Edition: 1999
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Description: First published in 1935, The Trial is a classic story of totalitarianism, sadism, and hysteria. With a labyrinth of meanings, author Franz Kafka explores the dark lives of killers.

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

First published in 1935, The Trial is a classic story of totalitarianism, sadism, and hysteria. With a labyrinth of meanings, author Franz Kafka explores the dark lives of killers.

Franz Kafka was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, of middle-class Jewish parents. He apparently suffered a great deal of psychological pain at a young age at the hands of his domineering father. He took a law degree at the German University of Prague, then obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian government. Always neurotic, insecure, and filled with a sense of inadequacy, Kafka's writing is a search for personal fulfillment and understanding. He wrote very slowly and deliberately, publishing very little in his lifetime. At his death he asked a close friend to burn his remaining manuscripts , but the friend refused the request. Instead the friend arranged for publication Kafka's longer stories, which have since brought him worldwide fame and have influenced many contemporary writers. Kafka's stories are nightmarish tales in which a helpless central character's every move is controlled by heartless, impersonal forces. An example is his 1938 psychological thriller, "The Metamorphosis." The story centers around a salesman named Gregor, who wakes up one morning and finds he is no longer a man but a giant insect. In today's increasingly complex, technological, and bureaucratic societies, Kafka has found a growing audience of sympathetic readers who understand the feeling of powerlessness Kafka's heroes experienced.

Publisher's Note
Translator's Preface
Arrest
Conversation with Frau Grubach Then Fraulein Burstner
Initial Inquiry
In the Empty Courtroom The Student The Offices
The Flogger
The Uncle Leni
Lawyer Manufacturer Painter
Block, the Merchant Dismissal of the Lawyer
In the Cathedral
The End
Fragments
B.'s Friend
Public Prosecutor
To Elsa
Struggle with the Vice President
The Building
Journey to His Mother
The Life of Franz Kafka
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