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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. As the villagers and the Castle officials block his efforts at every turn, K.’s consuming quest–quite possibly a self-imposed one–to penetrate the inaccessible heart of the Castle and take its measure is repeatedly frustrated. Kafka once suggested that the would-be surveyor in The Castle is driven by a wish “to get clear about ultimate things,” an unrealizable desire that provided the driving force behind all of Kafka’s dazzlingly uncanny fictions.
Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir
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"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)
'He is the greatest German writer of our time. Such poets as Rilke or such novelists as Thomas Mann are dwarfs or plaster saints in comparison to him' Vladimir Nabokov
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1970. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140012354