Der Prozess

Der Prozess➹ [Download] ➵ Der Prozess By Franz Kafka ➼ – Heartforum.co.uk Written in 1914 but not published until 1925 a year after Kafka’s death The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defe Written in but not published until a year after Kafka’s death The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information Whether read as an existential tale a parable or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism The Trial has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

FlaubertKafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities which pleased his father and reuired a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university he joined a student club named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten which organized literary events readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies he met.

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  1. Stephen says:

    Kafka is tough Kafka doesn’t play and he doesn’t take prisoners His in your grill message of the cruel incomprehensibility of life and the powerlessness of the individual is uneuivocal harsh and applied with the callous dispassion of a sadist Life sucks and then you die alone confused and without ever having the slightest conception of the great big WHY Fun huh?Finishing The Trial I was left bewildered and emotionally distant like my feelings were stuck looking out into the middle distance not really able to focus or provide me with any input I felt numb and a bit soul weary and I can’t say I enjoyed the feeling That said should you read this? Absolutely and without uestion Kafka’s insight and ability to plumb the depths of the mysteries of existence dark and gloomy as his answers or lack thereof may be is something to behold His workisbrilliant Reading it made me feel at times awed and at other times incredibly stupid Awed occurred when I would catch a glimpse of the deeper meaning that he was trying to convey through his prose In those moments I would try desperately to create a sturdy mental foothold from which to explore Kafka’s next idea UnfortunatelyStupid which happened often would occur when that next Kafkaesue lesson would bounce off my thick head making me lose my tenuous foothold and go sliding back down Mount Ignorance It was a difficult summit to reach and I was I'll euipped Still the moments of clarity and flashes of insight were than enough to make this an experience I intend to repeat until I get it rightor at least die trying THE STORY “Someone must have traduced Joseph K for without having done anything truly wrong he was arrested one fine morning” Like Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis we are introduced to Kafka’s protagonist after the damage has been done We are not observing a downfall it has occurred We are witnesses to the aftermath the clean up Joseph K an officer of a prestigious bank discovers he has been accused of a crime the nature of which he is never told We follow him from situation to situation as his desire to learn the nature of his offense leads only to confusion and greater strife He is meant to remain in ignorance “I see these books are probably law books and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance” THOUGHTS So many themes are present here that it is hard to keep it all straight in my head On the surface we have a skillful attack on totalitarianism and the evil of a mindless bureaucracy fueled by momentum and accountable to no one as it grinds up the individual as grease for its continued motion This alone is frightening enough and Kafka’s images of oppressive inertia unuestioned routine are tiny snapshots or hell itself However there seemed to be so much that Kafka was saying so many levels on which his dark secular benediction could be understood The System as life itself and the bureaucracy as fate and man’s useless struggle against the forces arrayed against him by the universe Kafka also delivers a blistering rebuke of religion in the form of a parable in the Cathedral I’m still trying to get me tiny brain entirely wrapped around this one but the sense of sadness and crushing hopelessness of the story was still a gut punch ‘Everyone strives to attain the Law' answers the man 'how does it come about then that in all these years no one has come seeking admittance but me?' The doorkeeper perceives that the man is nearing his end and his hearing is failing so he bellows in his ear 'No one but you could gain admittance through this door since this door was intended for you I am now going to shut it’ And later in this same conversation “it is not necessary to accept everything as true one must only accept it as necessary”Still as somber and dreary as the story is there are moments that are so brilliantly written that I actually found myself smiling despite the overall tone of the story The Painter’s lecture to K about the difference strategies and processes involved in seeking among “actual acuittal” “apparent acuittal” and “protraction” was nothing short of genius In fact given that the novel is only 200 pages I think those 15 20 pages are worth reading the entire novel Overall I am very satisfied to have finally read this as a personal exercise rather than a school enforced trauma I got a lot out of this There were chunks of the book that I found slow and plodding probably because I was stuck at the base of Mount Ignorance and didn’t absorb the ideas Kafka was dishing Still it did make for some dry reading time as Kafka’s writing is not ear pleasing enough that you can simply enjoy the prose His prose is good but it is a functional delivery system for his mind rupturing ideas than for the beauty of the words themselves Thus for the moment and given my imperfect understanding of all that Kafka had to say in this brilliant novel I am going to say 4 stars 4 stars full of staggering intellect and multi layered nuanced insight into “what it’s all about” delivered with the skill of a surgeon I’ll be in the recovery room for a while HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

  2. s.penkevich says:

    It is not necessary to accept everything as true one must only accept it as necessaryNothing speaks a profound truth than a pristine metaphorFunny us worming through the world ascribing meaning logic and order to the dumb blind forces of void It’s all one can do to maintain sanity in the absurd reality of existence but what is it worth? Are we trees in gale force winds fighting back with fists we do not possess? Is life the love of a cold cruel former lover bating us on while only concerned with themselves? What use is logic in an illogical prison where the opinion of the masses reigns supreme? Franz Kafka’s The Trial is the world we all live in unlocked through layers of allegory to expose the beast hidden from plain sight On the surface it is an exuisite examination of bureaucracy and bourgeoisie with a Law system so complex and far reaching that even key members are unable to unravel it’s complicated clockwork However this story of a trial—one that never occurs other than an arrest and a solitary conference that goes nowhere—over an unmentioned crime serves as a brutal allegory for our existence within a judgemental societal paradigm under the watch of a God who dishes out hellfire to the guilty This is a world where man’s noose is only a doorway The Trial is not for the faint of heart or fragile psyche yet while the bleakness is laid on thick it is also permeated with a marvelous sense of humor and a fluid prose that keeps the pages flipping and the reading hours pushing forward towards dawn This is a dark comedy of the human comedy full of the freeing chortles of gallow humor Kafka’s nightmarish vision is the heartbeat of our own existence chronicling the frustrations of futility when applying logic to the reality of the absurd yet factual nature of life Someone must have slandered Josef K for one morning without having done anything wrong he was arrestedThis memorable opening line is the perfect establishing shot for Kafka’s and Joseph K’s world One can be sure of their innocence yet fall to the blade all the same The most startling and accurate portrayal of mankind is found when K goes to visit the painter in the slums and finds a disgusting steaming yellow fluid poured forth before which a rat fled into the nearby sewer At the bottom of the steps a small child was lying face down on the ground crying but it could hardly be heard above the noise coming from a sheet metal shop We humanity are prostrate and bawling in a toxic wasteland unloved and ignored by the absent parents Not even passersby stop to help the child or are even away for the noise of industry drowns it out This is a world where corporations are ‘people’ and actual lives are thrown to the gutter for ‘the good of the company’ where soulless abstract money making concepts are given a higher priority than our own shared flesh and blood The worst part is that we accept this We tow the party line we uphold something meaningless and only given power by our collective acceptance ‘ You may object that it is not a trial at all’ says K to the courtroom ‘ you are uite right for it is only a trial if I recognize it as such’ These are not political opinions I am presenting just the fact that much of our society economy and political structure exists only because we recognize it as so and prescribe meaning to something inherently meaningless Children such as the child crying in a pool of yellow filth are a key motif in the novel Their parents are never apparent and they run like wild animals The gaggle of young girls outside the painters apartment perfectly reflect the wild masses of ignorance defying respect for privacy and barging into places they aren’t wanted needed or even should be simply because they can One girl is described as hunchbacked and not yet an adult yet full of sexuality which she asserts over K ‘ Neither her youth nor her deformity had prevented her early corruption’ These girls we are told also belong to the court another place where the persona is depicted like beast than man preying on those around them with their lusts Take for example the student in the attic courtroom who asserts his dominance over the married women through his power He too is slightly deformed with bow legs that call to mind classic depictions of Satan with his animalistic torso and hoofed feet and bushy red beard like something from nature and not urban society He also snaps at K’s hand with his teeth in defense like a dog Like a dog’ is the final line of dialogue in the novel concerning a violent and abrupt execution Seemingly we are nothing above the beasts of the world which isn’t how one would expect an educated man of the Law to respond Even all the textbooks are actually just pornography the court filled with carnal desires instead of logic and learned reasoning This is the force of nature K and all of us fight against when attempting to address our condition with logic We are nothing but dogs pit into a dogfight of which we had no free will in being placed K is a free thinker drown by the obdurate glare of the masses condemned for something unknown and never given an opportunity to prove innocence They're talking about things of which they don't have the slightest understanding anyway It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves How like our world today where we accept opinions without wondering the ualifications; internet slander or a simple viral meme can destroy a life or an idea simply because it is funny even if it isn’t rooted in reality K is all of us K is the everyman K is us faced with the world around us A world where trying to go up against it will only lead to frustration and futility Through all his proceedings all his legal advice nothing is learned Lawyers and confidants only seem to discuss the workings of the trial and court system; the we learn the less we understand The system is so complicated that it stalemates itself and it seems almost pointless to investigate Is there purpose in assessing our lives our condition in the world? Not if we address it with logic This is futility But perhaps if we assess it on it’s own terms then even if our fate is still sealed we can glean a bit of insightThat is why this story is presented as an allegory The Trial is not a story about the Law or bureaucracy despite the outward appearance This is society as a whole and pushes towards a religious allegory that is difficult to swallow K is told that even if he is acuitted he may return home to be arrested again Our reputation is unshakable and even when you prove your innocence over slander people will still hold it against you The word ‘allegedly’ is wonderfully damning in this way K hears that there is legend of lawyers getting clients fully acuitted but no proof of this exists Nobody even knows who these lawyers are There is also higher courts higher judges that nobody knows the name of that also seem to exist only in legend These unseen unknowable eyes of justice are like the eyes of God One may be acuitted amongst their peers but their soul goes to a higher court that will rule the final verdict ‘ Can’t you see two steps in front of you’ the Priest shrieks at K chastising him for his inability to look beyond his assumptions of the world and his logic He proceeds with a parable that summarizes K’s and everyone’s fate in the world in which a man is denied entrance into the halls of the Law He waits his whole life pestering the gatekeeper Moments before his death of old age the gatekeeper reveals that the entrance was meant solely for him then closes the gates The perfect expression of futility K protests that the man was deceived yet the Priest argues that deception is not in the story What we have is the absurd K wishing to assess his trial through due process and logical reasoning but failing to see that such verdicts are beyond that I always snatched at the world with twenty hands and not for a very laudable motive either That was wrong and am I to show now that not even a year’s trial has taught me anything? His fate was already decided and his efforts are in vain It should come as no surprise then that K is so suffocated in the stifling air of the court houses Who wouldn’t feel faint and overcome with illness when beleaguered by the absurd where no assertion of innocence matters? The court wants nothing from you It receives you when you came and it dismisses you when you goThe painter shows K a portrait of a judge depicted above his own post the portrait a gift to a woman—yet another example of the abuse of power for carnal desire but the most striking image is that of Justice Justice is painted with winged feet in motion at the reuest of the court to also represent Victory Yet the real horror is revealed when K discovers the blending creates an image akin to the God of The Hunt We have a court system a religious system a moral system that is concerned with victory than actual justice and seeks out prey for sport We are all victims to this system a system that is self sustaining ‘too big to fail’ and incorporates everyone Nobody is safe from the system and nobody is not a part of it K is the sacrificial victim of all of us his death and futility a parable of our own endeavors in this and the next life Kafka’s The Trial is just as important today as when it was written It is a book that will leave you gasping for air and thankful for it55‘ One must lie low no matter how much it went against the grain and try to understand that this great organization remained so to speak in a state of delicate balance and that if someone took it upon himself to alter the dispositions of things around him he ran the risk of losing his footing and falling to destruction while the organization would simply right itself by some compensating reaction in another part of its machinery – since everything interlocked – and remain unchanged unless indeed which was very probable it became still rigid vigilant severer and ruthless’

  3. Aubrey says:

    Has this ever happened to you? You're chugging your way through a book at a decent pace it's down to the last legs you've decided on the good ol' four star rating it's true that it had some really good parts but ultimately you can't say that it was particularly amazing And all of the sudden the last part slams into your face you're knocked sprawling on your ass by the weight of the words spiraling around your head in a merry go round of pure literary power and you swear the book is whispering 'You know nothing you snot nosed brat' through its pages of magnificence as the author leaves you far behindIf you haven't read this book If you have and crave of the same see the previousNow what did the Goodreads summary call this book again? 'A terrifying psychological trip' Yes I suppose you could say that I mean it is terrifying it is psychological and it makes for one hell of a ride But you see those three words strung together convey the sense of otherworldliness some diabolical satire that's made a nightmare of a reality that's usually pretty good about behaving itself The problem with that is the fact that this story adheres closely to reality than most books dare to dream of doing There's no phantasmagorical twisting of the entire face of reality This is reality And it needs no aid in inspiring the most abject of terrorArrests of innocents Hazy procedures Courts obscured by other courts Files disappearing into the dark I see said K nodding these books are probably law books and it is an essential part of the justice dispensed here that you should be condemned not only in innocence but also in ignorance That must be it said the woman who had not uite understood him Judgment determined by accusation rather than by trial We are only being punished because you accused us; if you hadn't nothing would have happened not even if they had discovered what we did Do you call that justice? Guilty until proven less guilty Less guilty via the right connections rather than the right evidence Innocence with an expiration date Complaints about any of the previous injustices accelerating the inevitable and for what? The hope that the future might be better? What difference will that make to you the individual life currently at stake? The invisible pendulum will still be suspended over the invisible pit and your every forthright movement will still be swallowed in the obscurity of the Law and nothing will result but a building sense of anxiety and despair Look at the Law of the past and importantly the Law of the present and tell me none of this applies in the days where banks are 'too big' to be brought to justice and everything from the individual to the government is held hostage from a better tomorrow by the inane struggles of today No said the priest it is not necessary to accept everything as true one must only accept it as necessary History repeats itselfHistory repeats itselfHistory fucking repeats itselfGet it? Got it? GoodDoing something about it is another matter entirely

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    701 Der Prozess The Trial Franz KafkaThe Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka between 1914 and 1915 and published posthumously in 1925 One of his best known works it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote inaccessible authority with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader Heavily influenced by Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov Kafka even went so far as to call Dostoyevsky a blood relative Like Kafka's other novels The Trial was never completed although it does include a chapter which brings the story to an endمحاکمه فرانتس کافکا نیلوفر، فرخی، نگارستان، ماهی، نیلا، کوله پشتی، تاریخ نخستین خوانش در سال 1975میلادی عنوان محاکمه؛ نویسنده فرانتس کافکا؛ مترجم حسینقلی جواهرچی؛ تهران، فرخی، 1353؛ در 216ص؛ عنوان محاکمه؛ نویسنده فرانتس کافکا؛ مترجم امیرجلال الدین اعلم؛ تهران، کتابسرا، 1370، در 342ص؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1370؛ در 342ص؛ چاپ هفتم 1387؛ چاپ یازدهم 1395؛عنوان محاکمه؛ نویسنده فرانتس کافکا؛ مترجم منوچهر بیگدلی خمسه؛ تهران، نگارستان کتاب، چاپ دوم 1395؛ در 314ص؛ عنوان محاکمه؛ نویسنده فرانتس کافکا؛ مترجم علی اصغر حداد؛ تهران، ماهی، 1388؛ در 271ص؛ چاپ ششم 1393؛ شابک 9789649971544؛مترجمهای دیگری که محاکمه را ترجمه کرده اند خانمها و آقایان «حمید احیاء تهران، نیلا، 1392، در 100ص؛ شابک 9786001221026»؛ «سارا رحیمی، تهران، قاصدک صبا، 1389، در 283ص؛ شابک 9786005675016»؛ «محمد رمضانی؛ تهران، کوله پشتی، 1391، در 310ص؛ شابک 9786006687087»؛ «کامل روزدار، تهران، اشاره، 1395؛ در 504ص؛ شابک 9789648936902»؛ رمانی ناتمام از «فرانتس کافکا» ست، که نخستین بار در سال 1925میلادی، چاپ شد؛ از مشهورترین آثار ایشانست؛ داستان مردیکه، به دست حاکمی خارج از صحنه، و دور از دسترس، به جرمی که ماهیت جرم، در طی داستان نیز برای خوانشگر، مشخص نمی‌شود، دستگیر و مجازات می‌شود؛ همانند سایر آثار «کافکا»، محاکمه هم کامل نشد، اگرچه فصلی دارد، که در آن، داستان به سرانجام هم می‌رسد؛ پس از درگذشت «کافکا»، دوست و فعال ادبی اش «ماکس برود»، نوشته‌ ها را برای چاپ آماده کردند؛ برای دانستن اینکه چه کسانی به جای «ک» تصمیم میگیرند، و سرانجام چه میشود بهتر است کتاب را خود بخوانید؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 30051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Sean Barrs says:

    This book haunts me I can’t stop thinking about it because I have uestions uestions and uestions; I have so many unanswered uestions that I will never know the answer to and it’s slowly killing meWhat is the trial? Is K actually guilty or is he innocent? Is this novel a nightmare seuence or a paranormal encountering? Why are so many characters never heard from again? And who is that mysterious figure at the end of the novel that witnesses K's fate? There are just so many uestions but no damned answersThis is frustrating so frustrating The novel leaves the reader with an overwhelming sense of perplexity There is no definitive explanation as to what has actually happened; there is no logical sense of the events But then K doesn’t know either; he is just as confused by the strange happenings as the reader The events are completely unexplainable and unfathomable; thus Kafka’s trial will stay with the me for the rest of my life as I ponder this bizarre novel again and again There are no answersK wakes up on the morning of his thirtieth birthday; he goes outside his room and finds several men eating his breakfast He is informed he is under arrest; the men don’t tell him why; they leave and he is able to go about his daily life although he must attend court next week They give him a location but no time He arrives; he is accused for something they don’t inform him of He storms out of the room and is hounded by the situation ever since He attempts to prove his innocence but what he is innocent of he doesn’t know A year later on his thirtieth birthdayview spoiler two men arrive and sentence him; he is taken to a uarry and murdered hide spoiler

  6. Lynn Beyrouthy says:

    WHAT IS THIS SHITI have read many reviews and saw that I belong to the minority who just didn’t like or get this bookLike the author I am going to leave The Trial unfinished and surrender to the fact that unfortunately Franz Kafka’s writing is way too bizarre inane and unrealistic for my tastesThe protagonist a pretentious banker named Josef K woke up one morning to find two strangers in his room who told him he was under arrest The reason for his conviction is never revealed and even the officers who came to deliver the news are uniformedIn the next chapters we follow K in a series of encounters that are ground for meaningless and empty discussions with various characters that seldom reappear throughout the story and don’t seem to have an efficient role in the progress of the narrative K’s so called uest to seek answers and vindicate his name turn out to be futile as he never musters enough courage or audacity to extract definite answers and instead allows his complacency to let him act in a way that harms him than it helps him in his case I especially loved how almost every female character seem to want him which feeds his arrogance all the For a year Josef K awaits a trial that never happens; he’s never told the reason behind his criminal charge and the ultimate zenith of befuddlement comes with K’s death that is also underdone in mystifying circumstances Nothing is explained or elucidated and yet people seem to abundantly laud Kafka for an unfinished miserable excuse for a novel which the author himself wanted to be burned posthumously It really saddens me ‘cause after hearing copious praise for Kafka the anticipation upon starting this novel was great and I was eager to be acuainted with his “genius” but my high expectations were annihilated by an immense disappointmentThe Trial is among the most disturbing books I’ve laid eyes on to this day It was an excruciating experience from which my brain cells are still suffering aftershocks The atmosphere of the novel was so odd and gruesome; the rooms with low ceilings and stuffy fetid offices made me feel like I’m having a bizarre nightmare Well at least it’s better than his other unfinished book about a man metamorphosed into an insect Kafka intentionally delineated an inhuman world inflicted with the depravity of the law which is ironic because Kafka was a lawyer himself And when you finally finish this story of 200ish pages but you feel like it’s 2000 I don’t know how Kafka managed to do that you’re supposed to be in a state of awe ‘cause it’s so fucking deep and philosophical aiming to depict life and the big fat interrogation point behind our existence and its purpose Well That was a waste of time Max Brod should’ve listened to Kafka and set fire to his manuscripts There I said it

  7. Greta says:

    Arrested and executed without knowing whyThe Trial is my favorite Kafka novel written in 1915 It tells the story of Josef K a man arrested and prosecuted with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader leading to an intentionally abrupt execution It is horrifying uncertainty anxiety and powerlessness put into words “Someone must have slandered Josef K for one morning without having done anything truly wrong he was arrested” Franz Kafka Justice vs The Law Josef K wakes up one morning with officers coming into his room and arresting him He stands accused of an unknown crime but is certain that his trial will bring him justice and transparency But instead he is never informed of how he has broken the Law isn‘t provided with any details of his case and eventually executed without any deeper understanding of how his conviction was reached or what he could have done to oppose it Court documents legal proceedings and even the text of the Law that determines his fate are all forbidden to Josef and often even to the officials or court functionaries that control and dominate him Each functionary simply fulfills a role without regard for the purpose of that role or the logic of the larger system that contains it More than anything he seems to be the victim of frightening injustice and bureaucracy The Unknowable and AbsurdThe absurd universe of The Trial is utterly immune to any attempts to influence or understand it Josef’s desperate mission to find answers never achieves any larger comprehension and the he explores the system that holds him captive the less that system appears to be logical predictable or structured whatsoever Accordingly there is nothing any individual—defendant lawyer and functionary alike—can do For the accused every course of action is eually ineffective Josef strives endlessly but never achieves any progress; there is no decisive way to make sense of his situation Even in his last moments of life Josef is unable to ascertain a definitive meaning to his story His execution is abrupt and doesn‘t make any sense The Kafka effect is unexpected change or encountering something that doesn't make sense “The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other” This book is not for the fragile mind and full of bleakness and helplessness that speaks to your inner fears It‘s deepest uncertainty running against closed doors wherever you go and the frustrations of futility when applying logic to the reality of the absurd Heavily influenced by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov Kafka even went so far as to call Dostoyevsky a blood relative Kafka is next level of disturbance In my opinion one of the best books in the world

  8. Kevin Ansbro says:

    A mind is like a parachute It doesn’t work if it isn’t open —Franz KafkaSomeone must have been telling lies about Josef K he knew he had done nothing wrong but one morning he was arrestedThis famous opening line becomes yet intriguing as it pitches us directly into a scene whereby the first two protagonists are granted a degree of anonymity by the author as he seeks to lure us into his philosophical daydreamK is clearly under house arrest but his perplexing captors aren’t at liberty to tell him if he has been arrested Who are they K wonders? They look as if they might be policemen but neither he nor the reader can be certain They could be pranksters for all he knows Even the country he lives in isn’t name checkedSo many unanswered uestionsWho is he?Who are they?Why has he been arrested?Where are we?Does time have a beginning or an end?Why did the chicken cross the road? This my fine bibliophilic friends is an enigma burritoed in a paradox There is something farcical about the situation he finds himself in; the ensuing cockeyed exchange of dialogue was almost Monty PythonesueI shall paraphrase apologies to Mr KafkaTake me to your superiorHe will see you as soon as he wants to see youWho are you?We’re free you’re not and you’re going to be put on trialOn trial for what?Remarkable bird the Norwegian Blue isn’t it eh? Beautiful plumageThe absurdity continuesThere follows a kangaroo court and the comically surreal appearance of a whip man whose job it is to give people a damn good flogging I don’t know if I was meant to be outraged but I found it really funny there’s something wrong with me I’m sure of itKafka uses existentialism like Banksy uses a spray can K is trying to remain rational while the world around him has become irrational something most of us have experienced at some stage in our livesAs is also the case with Orwell’s 1984 this book hints at the totalitarian regimes that were likely to followI don’t profess to understand much of what Kafka hoped to symbolise in this allegorical mystery I suspect he didn’t want anyone to unlock all of its secrets anyway and one gets the feeling that he deliberately leads us into a literary cul de sac of his own choosingThe blurb describes the book as being ‘terrifying’ and ‘chilling’ I found it to be neitherIf anything I found it rather drollLet me explain myself thusI have a lugubrious friend His name is Mark Mark is so overly pessimistic and melancholic that he creases me up with laughter Then when he asks me what it is that’s so funny with that glum look on his face I crack up even He’s a hoot and so is this bookI thoroughly enjoyed being trapped in Franz Kafka’s web and I must revisit Metamorphosis his crowning achievementI read it years ago when I was too young to properly ‘get’ it Not that I’m likely to totally understand it even now

  9. Manny says:

    The tortured bureaucratic world described in The Trial always strikes me as startlingly modern I wonderedHow The Trial might have started if Kafka had been an academic writing in 2010K's latest conference paper had been rejected and now he sat in front of his laptop and read through the referees' comments One of them evidently not a native speaker of English had sent a page of well meaning advice though K was unsure whether he understood his recommendations The second referee had only written three lines in a dismissive tone that hurt K's feelings K had an appointment with his thesis advisor later that day and wondered whether it would appear constructive to rewrite the paper for submission to another conference or to say that he was drawing a line so that he could concentrate on his dissertation He was trying to decide between these two courses of action neither of which greatly appealed to him when his officemate arrived Fräulein Müller a pale slightly built earnest girl with wispy brown hair was writing an extremely dull dissertation on the discourse semantics of phone sex; K had never dared ask her why she had chosen this topic which seemed singularly ill adapted to her general demeanour Today she was also in a bad mood She sat down and opened her own laptop without saying a word and typed industriously After about twenty minutes she looked up and sighed Problems? asked KFräulein Müller sighed again Then in an uninflected monotone she read a crude and unimaginatively pornographic passage to which K listened attentively He was as usual embarrassed to discover that he had become sexually aroused; but Fräulein Müller never once allowed her eyes to stray from her screen and K was fairly sure that his momentary excitement had passed unnoticed She concluded and opened a spreadsheetDo you believe that she is actually touching herself here or that she is merely saying that she would do so in her fantasy? she asked tiredlyK considered the matter I think it's only in the fantasy he said after a while But I'm not sure Maybe 60%Fräulein Müller filled in two boxes in her spreadsheetNow suppose that she had said `will' instead of `must' in the last sentence Would your judgement still be the same?K asked her to read the sentence again I would say that made it likely he said after further careful thought 80% I'm definitely not certainFräulein Müller filled in two boxes and examined the new figures that appeared at the bottom of the sheet Not statistically significant she said in a dejected tone I know I shouldn't keep checking all the time but I can't help it I need dataK had several times been on the point of asking Fräulein Müller where her examples came from but was afraid that this might appear intrusive; he knew almost nothing about her private life He suddenly realised that he was meant to be seeing his advisor in a uarter of an hour Apologising awkwardly he put on his coat and left The walk across the campus was however shorter than he had remembered and he arrived in good time Professor Holz appeared surprised to see him and K reminded him that they had agreed to meetK's advisor was thickset and completely bald despite only being in his mid forties He had a second position at another university and was rarely to be found in his office; normally K would have been glad to have cornered him and be able to ask for advice but today he could not think of anything to say He waited for Professor Holz to take the initiative K's advisor seemed eually at a loss He took off his rimless glasses and polished them carefully before speakingSo K he began typing as he did so I understand your paper was rejectedK confirmed that this was indeed trueWell continued Professor Holz I think we both agree about the nature of the problemK was in fact unsure what the professor was referring to; he knew though that he had reservations about the research direction K had chosen and assumed that this was a veiled allusion to the objections he had raised at their last meeting He cleared his throat in a way that could be interpreted as assentI understand however said Holz that your collaboration with Fräulein Müller has been successfulK looked at his advisor carefully trying to guess whether he was being ironic but was unable to tell He agreed hesitantly trying to sound as noncommital as he could in case it was a trap But the professor suddenly looked at his watch and rose exclaiming that he had forgotten another meeting He smiled apologetically to K as he escorted him from the room and locked the doorI would appreciate a progress report before the end of the week he said as they stood in front of the elevator You have heard of course that the new funding cuts oblige us to reexamine our prioritiesThis sounded vaguely familiar to K who had however assumed that he was not one of the people affectedIt's mainly a formality said the professor None the less I would like you to take it seriously and do a thorough job It is particularly important that you describe your short term objectivesThere were several uestions that K urgently wished to ask but at that moment the elevator arrived The professor disappeared into it saying something that K was unable to catch He took the stairs down to street level and walked slowly back to his office Fräulein Müller now seemed much animated and suggested to K that they eat lunch together at the Italian restaurant they both likedI'm sorry I was like that earlier she said as they finished their spaghetti It's this horrible report I'm so glad I've finally turned it in I suppose you did yours days agoK waved his hand in a gesture of vague assent though he was now starting to feel rather concernedOh good said Fräulein Müller and smiled at him in a way that for a moment almost made her look attractive Then maybe I can ask you to give me some linguistic judgements? I think the new batch of stories is better than usualK could think of no way to decline this offer; so for the rest of the afternoon he listened to Fräulein Müller and patiently answered her uestions Around 4 pm he received an email reminding him that the progress report was due by the end of the following day He attempted to think about it while simultaneously listening to Fräulein Müller but this proved to be impossible Twice she interrupted him with a puzzled air and pointed out inconsistencies in his answers K was forced to give her his full attention When it was time to leave he had still not begun the report He tried to muster his ideas as he walked home and had almost reached his apartment when he realised that he had forgotten his laptop at the office

  10. Perry says:

    A Crazy Train All Aboard No novel comes close to this one in the intensely nightmarish portrayal of the type of dark justice of dictatorial governments particularly those that came to power after its 1925 publication THE TRIAL also like no other gives the reader a special and by all means necessary appreciation for the criminal justice system and the fundamental rights of life and liberty that we take for granted in a democracy Imagine you are charged with a crime but no one will tell you what that crime is who specifically what part of government is charging you with the crime andor is tasked with prosecuting the charges against you where to read the law that prohibits the forbidden act omission or conspiracy when you committed the crime who accused you the substance of the evidence against you even in general terms who or what was harmed when your trial will take place who will be charged with finding you guilty or innocent what type of punishment you may face whether you may appeal among other missing items Then when you talk to court workers and even your own lawyer there may be some nebulous way to avoid prosecution but no one can say exactly what that is and otherwise it's a foregone conclusion that you will be found guilty your best hope being to drag out the process as long as you can just to stay alive as this crazy train hurtles toward your inevitable endA historic classic masterwork that plants in its reader bad dream seeds that may not germinate for years but they will yes they will

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