The Trial (The Definitive Edition)

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(Definitive Edition). The terrifying tale of Joseph K., a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrestedand must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. One of the great novels in all of fiction, the Trial mesmerizes and haunts, as it foreshadows the excesses of (post-)modern bureaucracy, i.e., totalitarianism and the post 9/11 Patriot Act. 281p. Pap.

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  • Prison of Life

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    Ambiguous and leaves much to the imagination/personal interpretation, that is the style of Kafka. In this novel the protagonist K is being arrested for what he and the audience are not privy to know. Throughout the novel he is lead through various bureaucratic circles and venues to which he knows no information about but is presumed to have knowledge because the higher up assume he does. All of the action takes place during the 30th year of K’s life; could this significant year in most humans lives be a satire of how much we really do not know about the government that is supposed to help and protect us or is it simply Kafka’s take on how humanity functions after the age of thirty, paranoid and at a lost for knowledge and youth? This novel is compelling and the ending, although abrupt, leaves much for the reader to interpret and fill in the lines. A read for anyone interested in further exploration of the human psyche and how damaging thinking one is guilty can be when the need to prove your innocence literally depends on the duration of your life