The Trial

The Trial

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The Trial (German: Der Process) is a novel by Franz Kafka about a character named Josef K., who awakens one morning and, for reasons never revealed, is arrested and prosecuted for an unspecified crime.

According to Kafka's friend Max Brod, the author never finished the novel and wrote in his will that it was to be destroyed. After his death, Brod went against Kafka's wishes and edited The Trial into what he felt was a coherent novel and had it published in 1925.

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Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:15:11 +0200

The Trial was not an enjoyable read for me. The dense and surreal prose was arduous and while I can appreciate the effect of the writing and how the style added to the feeling of the scenes I did find it a struggle at times. Many of the scenes are dreamlike with bizarre and strange things happening. I found the bizarreness and randomness made for a heavy-going reading experience.

I'm sure I missed and didn't 'get' what others find so compelling about the book. I imagine that each of the characters… (more)

Book Details  

Language: English

Published in: 1925

Translator: David Wyllie

Word count: 84,114 words (≈ about 6 hours)

Copyright: This work is available for countries where copyright is Life+70.

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