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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372562
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

The Trial




Kafka's gripping work of psychological horror.

Translated with an introduction by Idris Parry.

'Somebody must have laid false information against Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong'

Josef K., an ordinary bank clerk, is accused of a crime he did not commit, whose nature is never revealed to him. As he tries to defend his innocence amid a labyrinthine world of anonymous bureaucrats, stifling courtrooms and casual brutality, he becomes increasingly uncertain of his fate and spirals towards destruction. Kafka's gripping, unnerving parable about the nature of terror and the futility of human life is at once nightmarish and chillingly real.

  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372562
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $16.99

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 Trial

It offers everything and confirms nothing

Albert Camus

Irresistibly compelling . . . has the sheen of a wide-awake, hyper-real and terrifyingly definite experience . . . we know this courtroom, these corridors, these airless overheated spaces

John Banville

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