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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.
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Grouping Title castle
Grouping Author kafka franz
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-02-20 04:20:59AM
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auth_author2 Corduner, Allan., Harman, Mark., Howard, Geoffrey, 1936-
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display_description Kafka's final novel was written during 1922, when the tuberculosis that was to kill him was already at an advanced stage. Fragmentary and unfinished, it perhaps never could have been finished; perhaps the tensions between K., the Castle and the village, K.'s struggle for acceptance or recognition by the mysterious Castle authorities or by the people of the village, never will and never can be resolved.Like much of Kafka's work, The Castle is enigmatic and polyvalent. Is it an allegory of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire as it disintegrates into modern nation states, or a quasi-feudal system giving way to a new freedom for the subject? Is it the search by a central European Jew for acceptance and integration into a dominant culture? Is it a spiritual quest for grace or salvation, or an individual's struggle between his sense of independence and his need for approval? Is K. is an opportunist, a victim, or an outsider battling against an elusive authority? Is the Castle a benign source of authority or a whimsical system of control?Like K., the reader is presented with conflicting perspectives that rehearse the existential dilemmas and uncertainties of literary modernity.
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publishDate 1966, 1998, 2008, 2010, 2012
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subject_facet Allegories, Audiobooks, Authority -- Fiction, Bureaucracy -- Fiction, Castles -- Fiction, Classics, Electronic books, Surveyors -- Fiction
title_display The castle
title_full The castle / translated from the German by Willa and Edwin Muir, with additional materials translated by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst Kaiser ; with an homage by Thomas Mann, The castle [electronic resource] / Franz Kafka, The castle [electronic resource] / Franz Kafka, John Williams and Tom Griffith, The castle [electronic resource] Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924., The castle [sound recording] / by Franz Kafka
title_short The castle
topic_facet Allegories, Authority, Bureaucracy, Castles, Classics, Electronic books, Surveyors