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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372579
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

The Castle




Kafka's last great, unfinished novel - the book that hangs over the whole modern era like a nightmare.

Translated by J. A. Underwood with an Introduction by Idris Parry.

'K., he said, had taken the rousing from sleep, the interrogation, and the obligatory threat of explusion from the country with a very bad grace'

The Castle is the story of K., the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle nor accepted in the village, and yet cannot go home. As he experiences certainty and doubt, hope and fear, and reason and nonsense, K.'s struggles in the absurd, labyrinthine world where he finds himself seem to reveal an inexplicable truth about existence. Kafka began The Castle in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his great novels, feels strangely complete.

  • Pub date: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372579
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was born into a Jewish family in Prague. In 1906 he received a doctorate in jurisprudence, and for many years he worked a tedious job as a civil service lawyer investigating claims at the State Worker's Accident Insurance Institute. He never married, and published only a few slim volumes of stories during his lifetime. Meditation, a collection of sketches, appeared in 1912; The Stoker: A Fragment in 1913; Metamorphosis in 1915; The Judgement in 1916; In the Penal Colony in 1919; and A Country Doctor in 1920. The great novels were not published until after his death from tuberculosis: America, The Trial and The Castle.

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Praise for The Castle

“Kafka may be the most important writer of the twentieth century”

J. G. Ballard


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