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'No other voice has borne truer witness to the dark of our times. . . THE TRIAL exhibits the classic model of the terror state. It prefigures the furtive sadism, the hysteria which totalitarianism insinuates into private and sexual life, the faceless boredom of the killers. The labyrinth of his meanings opens out, at its secret, difficult exits, to the high roads of modern sensibility, to what is most urgent and relevant in our condition' George Steiner

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"Kafka's 'legalese' is alchemically fused with a prose of great verve and intense readability."
--James Rolleston, professor of Germanic languages and literatures, Duke University
"Breon Mitchell's translation is an accomplishment of the highest order that will honor Kafka far into the twenty-first century."
--Walter Abish, author of How German Is It

"This short novel has passed into far more than classical literary status.... In more than one hundred languages, the epithet "kafkaesque' attaches to the central images, to the constants of inhumanity and absurdity in our times.... In this diffusion of the kafkaesque into so many recesses of our private and public existence, "The Trial "plays a commanding role."
--From the Introduction by George Steiner
"Here we are taken to the limits of human thought. Indeed, everything in this work is, in the true sense, essential. It states the problem of the absurd in its entirety."
--Albert Camus

[I]t seemed as though the shame was to outlive him. With these words The Trial ends. Kafka s shame then is no more personal than the life and thought which govern it and which he describes thus: He does not live for the sake of his own life, he does not think for the sake of his own thought. He feels as though he were living and thinking under the constraint of a family . . . Because of this unknown family . . . he cannot be released.
Walter Benjamin
Breon Mitchell s translation is an accomplishment of the highest order that will honor Kafka far into the twenty-first century.
Walter Abish, author of How German Is It"

"'[I]t seemed as though the shame was to outlive him.' With these words The Trial ends. Kafka's shame then is no more personal than the life and thought which govern it and which he describes thus: 'He does not live for the sake of his own life, he does not think for the sake of his own thought. He feels as though he were living and thinking under the constraint of a family . . . Because of this unknown family . . . he cannot be released.'"
--Walter Benjamin

"Breon Mitchell's translation is an accomplishment of the highest order that will honor Kafka far into the twenty-first century."
--Walter Abish, author of How German Is It
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'It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing' Albert Camus

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  • PublisherVintage Classics
  • Publication date1992
  • ISBN 10 0749399554
  • ISBN 13 9780749399559
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages256
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