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The Trial - Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Paperback)
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The Trial - Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 05/10/2008
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When people use the adjective 'Kafkaesque', it is The Trial they have in mind - the nightmarish world of Joseph K., where the rules are hidden from even the highest officials, and any help there may be comes from unexpected sources. K. is never told what he is on trial for, and when he says he is innocent, he is immediately asked 'innocent of what?' Is he perhaps on trial for his innocence? Could he have freed himself from the proceedings by confessing his guilt as a human being? Has the trial been set up because he is incapable of admitting his guilt, and hence his humanity? The Trial is a chilling and at the same time blackly amusing tale that maintains, to the very end, a constant, relentless atmosphere of disorientation and quirkiness. Superficially the subject-matter is bureaucracy, but the story's great strength is its description of the effect on the life and mind of Josef K. It is in the last resort a description of the absurdity of 'normal' human nature.

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781840220971
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 125 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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It has it's shortcomings - the often muddled writing (which I'll attribute to the fact that the novel was left unfinished) and the weird interactions with women (which I'll attribute to Kafka's own... More

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“Iconic”

This is an iconic piece of literature; it is one that every serious reader should read before they die because it is completely unique. Its strange narrative resembles a dream; its events are pointless and... More

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“The Trial”

Prejudices are formed and people are judged on first impression. One can lose themselves keeping up appearances saying the right thing, but they are governed by person perception. There is hierarchy, manipulation and... More

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