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The Trial by Franz Kafka

Queen's Gambit Walter Tevis

When Haj's first introduction to Kafka was through the Bridget Jones movie where Bridget introduces 'Kafka's Motorbike' as one of the 'top thirty books of our time... at least', it's no surprise that she doesn't quite get on with The Trial.

Curtis did a little better and seemed to have paid more attention to Kafka's words about Joseph K., the protagonist who's on trial for what, no one seems to know.

Philosophical, absurdist, dystopian, whatever you call it this book is not an easy holiday read, but the one-star reviews were absolutely topnotch and well worth tuning in for!

Publisher’s Blurb

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: 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, Kafka’s nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it.

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