The Castle

The Castle
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2009-07-09
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0199238286


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Kafka's story about a man seeking acceptance and access to the mysterious castle is among the central works of modern literature. This translation follows the German critical text and includes a detailed introduction and notes to this famously enigmatic novel.

The Castle

The Castle
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: Schocken
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2012-12-05
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0307829480


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From the author of The Metamorphosis and The Trial—one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century—the haunting tale of K.’s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to the Castle. Translated and with a preface by Mark Harman. Arriving in a village to take up the position of land surveyor for the mysterious lord of a castle, the character known as K. finds himself in a bitter and baffling struggle to contact his new employer and go about his duties. The Castle's original manuscript was left unfinished by Kafka in 1922 and not published until 1926, two years after his death. Scrupulously following the fluidity and breathlessness of the sparsely punctuated original manuscript, Mark Harman’s new translation reveals levels of comedy, energy, and visual power previously unknown to English language readers.

The Castle

The Castle
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-07-09
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 019157984X


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'K. kept feeling that he had lost himself, or was further away in a strange land than anyone had ever been before' A remote village covered almost permanently in snow and dominated by a castle and its staff of dictatorial, sexually predatory bureaucrats - this is the setting for Kafka's story about a man seeking both acceptance in the village and access to the castle. Kafka breaks new ground in evoking a dense village community fraught with tensions, and recounting an often poignant, occasionally farcical love-affair. He also explores the relation between the individual and power, and asks why the villagers so readily submit to an authority which may exist only in their collective imagination. Published only after Kafka's death, The Castle appeared in the same decade as modernist masterpieces by Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, Mann and Proust, and is among the central works of modern literature. This translation follows the text established by critical scholarship, and manuscript variants are mentioned in the notes. The introduction provides guidance to the text without reducing the reader's own freedom to make sense of this fascinatingly enigmatic novel. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Franz Kafka's The Castle

Franz Kafka's The Castle
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Chelsea House Publications
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1988
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN:


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The Castle

The Castle
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher:
Total Pages: 542
Release: 1969
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:


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The story of land-surveyor K's obsessive attempts to reach the castle, illustrating man's struggle against bureaucracy.

The Essential Kafka

The Essential Kafka
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2014
Genre: Alienation (Social psychology)
ISBN: 9781840227260


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A culturally-influential and celebrated author, Kafka is generally considered to be one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th century. In this boxed set are collected together three of his major works, including the maginificent 'Metamorphosis and Other Stories'.

The Lost Writings

The Lost Writings
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2020-10-06
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811228029


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A windfall for every reader: a trove of marvelous impossible-to-find Kafka stories in a masterful new translation by Michael Hofmann Selected by the preeminent Kafka biographer and scholar Reiner Stach and newly translated by the peerless Michael Hofmann, the seventy-four pieces gathered here have been lost to sight for decades and two of them have never been translated into English before. Some stories are several pages long; some run about a page; a handful are only a few lines long: all are marvels. Even the most fragmentary texts are revelations. These pieces were drawn from two large volumes of the S. Fischer Verlag edition Nachgelassene Schriften und Fragmente (totaling some 1100 pages). “Franz Kafka is the master of the literary fragment,” as Stach comments in his afterword: "In no other European author does the proportion of completed and published works loom quite so...small in the overall mass of his papers, which consist largely of broken-off beginnings.” In fact, as Hofmann recently added: “‘Finished' seems to me, in the context of Kafka, a dubious or ironic condition, anyway. The more finished, the less finished. The less finished, the more finished. Gregor Samsa’s sister Grete getting up to stretch in the streetcar. What kind of an ending is that?! There’s perhaps some distinction to be made between ‘finished' and ‘ended.' Everything continues to vibrate or unsettle, anyway. Reiner Stach points out that none of the three novels were ‘completed.' Some pieces break off, or are concluded, or stop—it doesn’t matter!—after two hundred pages, some after two lines. The gusto, the friendliness, the wit with which Kafka launches himself into these things is astonishing.”

Metamorphosis and The Trial (Collins Classics)

Metamorphosis and The Trial (Collins Classics)
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2015-05-10
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0008110573


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The Castle

The Castle
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher:
Total Pages: 298
Release: 1993
Genre: German literature
ISBN:


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Modern Classics Castle

Modern Classics Castle
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2001-01-02
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0141183446


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A surreal work of psychological horror, Franz Kafka's The Castle is translated by J. A. Underwood with an introduction by Idris Parry in Penguin Modern Classics. 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 encounters dualities of 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 the nature of existence. Kafka began The Castle in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his three great novels, draws fascinating conclusions that make it feel strangely complete. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a Czech-born German-speaking insurance clerk who despised his job, preferring to spend his time writing. Nevertheless, Kafka published little during his lifetime, and ordered his closest friend to burn the mass of unpublished manuscripts, now familiar to us as some of the most influential novels and short stories of the twentieth century, after his death. Kafka's novels, all published posthumously, include The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika. If you enjoyed The Castle, you might like Kafka's Metamorphosis and Other Stories, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Every time you read The Castle, you find something new in it' Sunday Times 'Kafka discovered the hitherto unknown possibilities of the novel' Milan Kundera 'Kafka may be the most important writer of the twentieth century' J.G. Ballard