Title: The Trial
Author: Franz Kafka, Willa & Edwin Muir (trans), Jarmila Maranova (illus)
Publisher: The Franklin Library, 1983. Part of “The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books” series.
Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth with leather spine. Some shelf wear and slight wear to gilt on boards, otherwise like new. Interior perfect and unread. With some creepy illustrations that fit very well with the text.
About the book (from wikipedia):
The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor the reader.
The original manuscript is held at the Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany. In 1999, the book was listed in Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century and as No. 2 of the Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century.
About Kafka (from wikipedia):
Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Most of his works, such as “Die Verwandlung” (“The Metamorphosis”), Der Prozess (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of bureaucracy, and mystical transformations.
Albert Camus, Gabriel García Márquez and Jean-Paul Sartre are among the writers influenced by Kafka’s work; the term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe existential situations like those in his writing.
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