The Castle

The Castle

A New Translation, Based on the Restored Text

Book - 1998
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Franz Kafka's final novel tells the haunting tale of a man known only as K. and of his relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle. Although Kafka seemed to consider The Castle a failure, critics, in wrestling with its enigmatic meaning, have recognized it as one of the great novels of our century. Unfinished at Kafka's death in 1924, the manuscript of The Castle was edited for publication by Kafka's friend and literary executor, Max Brod. Both Brod's edition and the English-language translation of it that was prepared by Willa and Edwin Muir in 1930 have long been considered flawed. This new edition of Kafka's terrifying and comic masterpiece is the product of an international team of experts who went back to Kafka's original manuscript and notes to create an edition that is as close as possible to the way the author left it. The Times Literary Supplement hailed their work, saying that it will "decisively alter our understanding of Kafka and render previous editions obsolete." Mark Harman's brilliant translation closely follows the fluidity and breathlessness of the sparsely punctuated original manuscript, revealing levels of comedy, energy, and visual power that have not been previously accessible to English-language readers. W. H. Auden likened Kafka to Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe as the single most important writer of his age. Here, in this new edition, is a Kafka for the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York :, Schocken Books,, [1998]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780805241181
Branch Call Number: FIC Kaf
Characteristics: xxiii, 328 pages : 1 illustration ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Harman, Mark


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Dec 28, 2017

A narrative epitome of neuroticism; every character remains sane, and behaves sanely, and even explains what they to in a sane way, and assumes their village is completely normal and sane - but its all totally insane! Utterly serpentine sentences and reckoning and bureaucratic systems. All the action occurs in only eight days: the main character in that time gets another job, and finds a fiance, and get left by his fiance, seems to make headway towards his original purpose, but then seems further away than ever. Maddening!

Sep 27, 2017

My first exposure to Kafka was in a second year German class in college, more than 50 years ago. To say that I had trouble with Die Verwandlung would be a gross understatement. I finally ran to the school library for an English version, only to find that I had read it correctly. Kafka's attention to detail is phenomenal, and the writing is almost stream of consciousness. Each character's viewpoint is spelled out.
He is sort of an acquired taste. Newcomers to Kafka might start with The Hunger Artist (Hungerkunstler) or The Metamorphosis, mentioned above, before jumping into The Castle.

Aug 24, 2016

In this dream-like writing, the protagonist is on what seems to be a simple task-- to find his purpose-- which is not easy to discover. In time, his mission becomes shrouded by mystery.

Jun 02, 2016

Only someone trying to convince others that they are literate and intellectual would praise this work which is so unmitigatedly boring that I had to make myself finish it. It is just absolute bilge. Do not waste your time unless your life is so sterile that you must mention to others: "I read Kafka."

Mar 13, 2014

Brilliantly written book, even if the style is a bit weird (extremely long sentences and paragraphs that last a dozen pages). It's very disappointing to get to the end though and remember that Kafka died before he finished it. Indeed, the text stops in the middle of a sentence. Though that fits in with the theme of the book in some ways. K in the book, and us in our lives and us reading this book sometimes never find out what's really going on.

angela_ma Apr 30, 2012

Bizarre and beautiful book, unfortunate ending.


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