The Trial, by Franz Kafka

The Trial, by Franz Kafka

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“Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested.” From its gripping first sentence onward, this novel exemplifies the term Kafkaesque. Its darkly humorous narrative recounts a bank clerk's entrapment - based on an undisclosed charge - in a maze of nonsensical rules and bureaucratic roadblocks.

Written in 1914 and published posthumously in 1925, Kafka's engrossing parable about the human condition plunges an isolated individual into an impersonal, illogical system. Josef K.'s ordeals raise provocative, ever-relevant issues related to the role of government and the nature of justice.  

“This compelling, prophetic novel anticipates the insanity of modern bureaucracy and the coming of totalitarianism” - The Daily Telegraph

“It was Kafka who made me understand that one can write differently” - Gabriel García Márquez