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Der Landvermesser K. kommt in einem am Fuße eines Schlosses gelegenen Dorf an, in dem die Bewohner in ständiger Angst vor den im Schloss herrschenden Machthabern bzw. Behörden leben. Sechs Tage lang begegnen K. die merkwürdigsten Dinge, er versucht vergeblich, zum Schloss vorzudringen und kämpft verzweifelt um Anerkennung. Eine düstere, alptraumhaft anmutende Stimmung lieg ...more
Paperback, 401 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Fisher (first published 1926)
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Helen Stavraki
Μέσα στον Πύργο κρύβεται η ουσία της ύπαρξης. Μόνο εκεί μπορούμε να ανακαλύψουμε το ανώτερο νόημα,πέρα απο το πλαίσιο της φυσικής μας ζωής πάνω στη γη.

Σε όλο το στερέωμα του Καφκικού σύμπαντος με επίκεντρο τον θρυλικό Πύργο προσπαθούμε να προσεγγίσουμε την είσοδο, την επαφή,το μυστήριο,το παράλογο,το ιδεώδες,το σύμβολο της ύπαρξης και του ονειρικού εφιάλτη.

Ξεκινώντας απο ένα φτωχό και παραμελημένο χωριό στο οποίο ούτε ως κλεμμένη δεν συναντούσες τη χαρά στους κατοίκους του,πρέπει αρχικά να συνη
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George
Jun 28, 2007 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I'm re-reading The Castle 10 years later with older, more patient eyes and it's proving to be a wonderful time, especially with the new translation.


"The Eighth Chapter" of The Castle is, perhaps, some of the most beautifully composed writing in all of modern literature. The new translation adds a dreamy, sudden stillness and frightening sense of desolate open space in Kafka's work which is better known for his breathless, claustophobic style of writing and description. This feeling was lost and
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Kostas Papadatos
Jul 27, 2016 Kostas Papadatos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Καλοκαιρινό βιβλίο, ότι πρέπει για διακοπές και για ανάγνωση δίπλα στη θάλασσα. ΝΟΟΟΤ. Ούτε καν, παίξτε ρακέτες καλύτερα, χτίστε στην άμμο παλάτια, δε ξέρω, κάντε κάτι, στην εξοχή είστε που να πάρει. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι δεν είναι τόσο κακό, αλλά η στιγμή που επέλεξα να το διαβάσω ήταν. Επίσης ακόμα πιο λάθος επιλογή ήταν να αντικαταστήσω τον σελιδοδείκτη μου με ένα κομμάτι μπέικον. Ο ήρωας μας λοιπόν, ο "Κ", αποφασίζει να επισκεφτεί τον Πύργο "αφού". Δε μπορεί όμως να φτάσει σε αυτόν λόγω γραφει ...more
Sonky
Feb 06, 2008 Sonky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 19th-Century Czech and German editors
Recommended to Sonky by: It is society's fault as a hole.
Honestly, I quit.

It was too, how do I say it?...Kafkaesque. But am I greater than the writer himself? No. Kafka quit too and just as mid-sentence as I--only later in the text. Evidently, he died of tedium. Thank goodness I stopped before Kafka's work killed me too.

I was not enriched by the petty squabbles of German? Czech? villagers and the gyrating evasions of bureaucrats worshiped in detail by said squabbling villagers. I didn't like the protagonist; I couldn't even admire K. for not liking K.
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Fernando
Sep 03, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Los caminos kafkianos siempre son los más difíciles. La frase es mía pero lejos de creerme todo un filósofo, creo que resume lo que El Castillo representa. Todo, absolutamente todo lo que le pasa a K. en la novela se compone de futilidad, frustración, imposibilidad, fracaso. El castillo, infranqueable, el pueblo al que tiene que adaptarse, los pobladores, funcionarios, y las mujeres con las que se involucra sólo logran que el desasosiego de K. alcance límites insospechados y, en cierta manera, v ...more
Fabian
Sep 13, 2016 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absurd nightmare filled with stark Rimmel black & bleak, flawed, tattered whites. I had a really colorful Prague bookmark aptly between slowly simmering pages (the vivid colors of the astronomical clock fighting against the forces of evil--I know this because I was THERE this summer, guys!). This unfinished novel by the father of the opaque is very literally portrayed, but this is one of those unfilmable, un-photographable projects, really. So it comes with a lot of head scratches and a p ...more
Luís C.
Exhausted after his long walk, K. thinks only to rest in the small village that has just reached. However, requires an authorization from the castle to spend the night. K. tried a bluff by pretending to be a surveyor hired by the count, and, to everyone's surprise, the administration confirms K. castle in office, and Deputy even aid twice for assist him in his task.
In the morning, K. is trying to solve this mystery, especially as it confirms him quickly no survey work is needed in the village. B
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Teresa
Estou na página 220 (de 380) e se não desisto já ainda me dá um piripaque...

Esta obra de Kafka é, dizem, importante e de leitura imprescindível. A mim fez-me um sono desgraçado (e eu padeço de insónias). Tem umas partes meio-chanfradas que me fizeram rir, mas a maioria é conversa chata.

Do que li, conta a história de um homem que chega a uma terra para trabalhar e a burocracia das hierarquias e da papelada impedem-no de chegar ao castelo, de falar com o responsável e executar o trabalho para o q
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Alessandro
Feb 25, 2011 Alessandro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: confusing
The devil has a library. Alongside Necronomicon and Malleus Maleficarum, you can find a copy of Franz Kafka's The Castle. To read this is to know pain. This book is an ungodly torment. It doesn't even have proper paragraph division. There are paragraphs that contain chapters inside themselves. How much of a mind twist is that? Wall of text of death! The narrative unravels in a feverish and dream-like state and never breaks from it. Nevertheless, I manage to finish reading this sucker. Oh! I am t ...more
Cecily
An extraordinary combination of beauty and subtle, paranoid horror - "growing inured to disappointment". Who else can make snow sinister (scary perhaps, but surely not sinister)? It ends in the middle of a sentence, more tantalisingly still, it ends with a mysterious old woman just about to say something... Very apt for a tale of layers of secrecy and never-ending frustration.

It can be interpreted as an allegory for Jewish alienation and/or as a semi-autobiographical rendition of his relationsh
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Miss Ravi
Dec 24, 2016 Miss Ravi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
جهان رمان قصر، خواننده را بهمانند شخصیت اصلیاش «ک» سرگردان میکند. قصر برای من نمادی از یک سیستم ناکارآمد و آشفته است و «ک» هرچه برای نظم دادن و مرزبندی کردن آن تلاش کند، بیثمر است. دنیای این رمان، دور باطلی است که به هیچ نقطه ثابت و امنی نمیرسد. و چه مهارتی دارد کافکا برای ساختن و نمایش این جهان انباشته از سرگردانی. هربار کتاب معرکهای میخوانم به ذهن نویسندهاش فکر میکنم و دلم میخواهد میتوانستم ذهن کافکا را ببینم که هرچند ممکن است آنچنان تاریکی غلیظی فراگرفته باشدش اما برای من بسیار تماشایی است. ...more
MJ Nicholls
Four stars to keep the Kafka cartel from adopting me to their ranks and slapping me with their theses on the role of Klamm as übermensch and Olga as überwench. Franz transfers The Trial to a small village, where K. struggles to receive an appointment at the department for deportment in the castle, and sets about seducing a barmaid on the floor of the bar (no one told me Kafka was so erotic!), and making wrong utterances to every person encountered. The fact this novel breaks off mid-sentence pro ...more
Jan-Maat
It struck me round about page 200 that there was no particular reason for this novel to end, or for it to have been this long, rather it could have progressed near infinitely, a continuing unfolding of enigmatic conversations and meetings with assistant secretaries and children of under castellians, the promise of revelation growing balanced by the necessity of accepting the fundamental absurdity of the situation.

I found I have read this novel slowly, partly because of Kafka caused insanity, par
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Zanna
Jul 29, 2013 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young land surveyor arrives in a village, appointed by the count of the castle on the hill overshadowing the country. In a dreamlike, labyrinthine tale riddled with material and emotional inconsistencies,Kafka envisions a bureaucratic administration bloated and twisted beyond all imaginings, in which reverence for authority is elevated to an extreme and bizarre form of religious observance (religion itself is tellingly absent). K's affaires and intrigues are governed by almost arbitrary and my ...more
Brian
What haunts you? I took a class and the Professor presented us with that question. What bothers you, gets to you? What do you care about? This may form the strongest premise of all timeless literature.

Kafka teaches me the meaning of this insight. He wrote themes haunting him in his life. I don’t wonder Kafka has become my favorite of all writers I presently know; if I believed in reincarnation I’d wonder if I may have been Kafka in my past life. I’m not insinuating I write with his genius. We b
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Bettie☯



http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tbw1m

Revisit 2015 is via Radio 4 drama. I shall re-read the book at the same time.



It was late in the evening when K arrived.

From wiki:Kafka began writing The Castle on the evening of 27 January 1922, the day he arrived at the mountain resort of Spindlermühle (now in the Czech Republic). A picture taken of him upon his arrival shows him by a horse-drawn sleigh in the snow in a setting reminiscent of The Castle. Hence, the significance that the first few chapters
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Jonfaith
Dec 30, 2014 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only a total stranger could ask such a question. Are there control agencies? There are only control agencies. Of course they aren’t meant to find errors, in the vulgar sense of that term, since no errors occur, and even if an error does occur, as in your case, who can finally say that it is an error.

We were all once younger. I don't know if we have all been haunted.
 Imene
Jul 21, 2015 Imene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

القلعة لفرانتس كافكا


بعد وفاته ترك كافكا رسالة لصديقه ماكس برود يطلب فيها
أن تحرق كل أعماله المنشورة والتي لم تنشر بعد من ذلك هذه
الرواية. الا أن الاخير لم يقترف هذه الجريمة الأدبية بل قام بجمع
.مسودات كافكا و اعاد ترتيبها وحرص أن تجد طريقها للعلن
ولأن افعالا" بسيطة" قد تغير وجه التاريخ فان ما قام به برود
غير وجه التاريخ الأدبي على الاقل اذ يكفي ان نعرف قيمة
الأسماء التي تأثرت بكتابات كافكا حتى ندرك حجم الخسارة التي
كانت ستحل بالفكر الانساني ومن ذلك نذكر ماركيز كامو سارتر
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Jeff Jackson
Ratings seem especially beside the point with The Castle. If you have any affinity for Kafka, it's worth your time. It contains some of his strangest and most disturbing images (the sound of singing children coming out of phone receivers) and a bone-deep feeling of being lost in a world whose rules we can't *even* fail to grasp. But it's also unfinished and there are moments late in the novel where you can feel Kafka spinning his wheels, getting lost within the continually forking paths of his c ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Apr 17, 2017 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900
“You misinterpret everything, even the silence. You simply cannot help it.”

Semi-coherent thoughts to come later—that is, if I am able to piece something together. Because Kafka is one of those authors I love without being able to explain why, you know? He's crazy like that.
Pantelis
Oct 02, 2016 Pantelis rated it it was amazing
This is a novel about our need to belong, our need for acceptance, our need for love... Of course, it has to be frustrating, therefore unfinished...
hossein sharifi
Mar 13, 2017 hossein sharifi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه ی کتاب همینطور که از جناب علم انتظار داشتم، افتضاح بود
به هر حال داستان فوق العاده است
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براستی که قصر چیست ؟ این سوالی است که خواه در ذهن خواننده و نیز در ذهن شخصیت ها خیالی داستان، دائما مطرح میشود. هرچند که شخصیت های داستان هرگز بطور مستقیم این را به زبان نمی آورند، اما شوق یافتن جوابی برای این سوال است که همیشه در چشم هایشان می درخشد. حتی در خط های آغازین کتاب است که حضور شوم قصر را حتی در نبودش نیز احسا میکنید:
It was late in the evening when K. arriv
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Alex
Kafka is the author of frustration. He writes about frustration, he's frustrated about writing, The Castle breaks off mid-sentence, he asked Max Brod to burn his work but he knew Brod wouldn't do it. Kafka knew he would be frustrated in frustrating his frustrated book about frustration. What's it all about? I don't know, you're not supposed to know, not knowing is the point. There's no decoder ring. In The Trial K. doesn't know how to defend himself, he doesn't even know what he's accused of, he ...more
Nick Black
Jun 28, 2008 Nick Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had Kafka lived to finish and edit this, it would be remembered as his greatest novel and one of the absolute masterworks of the Western canon. Le sigh, his death left a great cultural artiface incomplete and is a tremendous loss to us all.
Szplug
Oct 26, 2009 Szplug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read the Muir translation of The Castle years ago, and have just finished the recent one by Harman. I think I prefer the Muirs on a literary basis, and Harman's as to linearity and style. In both versions I cannot give a five-star rating, as, like all of Kafka's big three novels, they were unfinished when he died - indeed, The Castle ends in mid-sentence - and this flaw, this lack of resolution, cannot be overcome by editing regardless the number of times it is attempted.

Harman's tr
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Nicholas Karpuk
I think my reaction to the ending was roughly, "What? Really? Damn it!"

It ends in mid-sentence, and unlike Amerika, there's not a damn bit of closure. Most of the plot threads were left open, and it feels like most of the third act had been left undone.

I guess I didn't understand the level of completion, The Trial and Amerika giving me a sense that it might be mostly done, with a few holes and missing pieces.

Nope, it's a big damn tease.

And insult to injury, it feels like the least well edited
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Yasmine mostafa
Feb 11, 2013 Yasmine mostafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية أخري غير مكتملة لفرانتس كافكا...رواية شديدة التعقيد، ملأى بالتفاصيل و الوصف حتى لتشعر انه يحكي حلما أو موقفا حدت له شخصيا مع ان أحداثها تدور خلال 6 أيام، ذلك الجو الكابوسي المقبض الذي يشعرك انما الكوابيس صنعت خصيصا لتتلائم مع كتابات كافكا... تطرأ في ذهنك عشرات الأسئلة عن الرواية التي قد يراها البعض مجرد تأويلات لأحلام رآها كافكا أو هي إثارة لأسئلة كانت تشغله من أجل الثورة على الظلم و الاستبداد...و حتى نهاية الرواية لن تدري من هو (ك) و لا من هو (كلم)،أسئلة لا حصر لها لم يكلف كافكا نفسه عناء ...more
Nelson Zagalo
“O Castelo” (1926) é o terceiro e último romance de Kafka (1883-1924), depois de “O Desaparecido” (1927) e “O Processo” (1925), todos incompletos, todos publicados postumamente e contra à sua vontade. Este conjunto de dados, parcos, mas capazes de ilustrar um padrão, conseguem muito rapidamente e de forma algo óbvia dar conta do tipo de autor que temos pela frente, do seu mundo e forma de estar na vida. Kafka viveu apenas 40 anos, viveu-os intensamente e totalmente dedicados ao amor pela literat ...more
Tara
Mar 14, 2017 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Albert Camus
Shelves: 1001-list
“Now what could have attracted me to this desolate land other than the desire to stay?”

In The Castle, Kafka’s protagonist ludicrously struggles to gain entrance to and make sense of the Castle, an entity which is effectively unattainable and incomprehensible.

Reading the book felt like coming home one day to discover that all of your belongings have been shifted 5 centimeters to the left, with the exception of one lone, grimy spoon. Nearly everything was askew to some degree. This book was so p
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Fidel
Decía Albert Camus en El mito de Sísifo que, al contrario que Eurídice, lo absurdo sólo muere cuando se le da la espalda. Pues bien, ocurre con la voluntad que, aun siendo quizá la muestra más absurda de condición humana, no se extingue porque la perdamos de vista; sino que persiste en nosotros como un fuego veleidoso. Después de la lectura de El castillo queda la sensación de que, aunque tras la primera vez K. no hubiese vuelto a levantar nunca la mirada hasta aquel edificio sombrío y puntiagud ...more
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Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

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“I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more” 165 likes
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