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Der Proceß

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  116,883 ratings  ·  3,263 reviews
Die Entstehung dieses nicht vollendeten Werkes – vom Sommer 1914 bis zum Ableben des Autors im Juni 1924 – war von besonders prägnanten Phasen in Kafkas Leben gekennzeichnet. Im Juli 1914 fand die Auflösung der Verlobung mit Felice Bauer statt. Sowohl die Verlobung als auch die Entlobung waren für Kafka mit starken Schuldgefühlen verbunden. Eine abschließende Aussprache hi ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Fisher (first published 1925)
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Jayesh I have just started reading it and the style of the narration is very different and appealing. Since the narration is full of activity I haven't had a…moreI have just started reading it and the style of the narration is very different and appealing. Since the narration is full of activity I haven't had a dull moment yet but sometimes I need to pause and re-read. I am just half way int the story and would love to finish this classic.

P.S: Kafka Tamura inspired me to read this :)(less)
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Kafka is tough.
Kafka doesn’t play and he doesn’t take prisoners.
His "in your grill" message of the cruel, incomprehensibility of life and the powerlessness of the individual is unequivocal, harsh and applied with the callous dispassion of a sadist.

Life sucks and then you die, alone, confused and without ever having the slightest conception of the great big WHY.

Fun huh?

Finishing The Trial I was left bewildered and emotionally distant, like my feelings were stuck looking out into the middle di
Aug 06, 2015 s.penkevich rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seriously, read this one
It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary

Nothing speaks a more profound truth than a pristine metaphor…

Funny, us, worming through the world ascribing meaning, logic and order to the dumb, blind forces of void. It’s all one can do to maintain sanity in the absurd reality of existence, but what is it worth? Are we trees in gale force winds fighting back with fists we do not possess? Is life the love of a cold, cruel former lover bating us on while only
Has this ever happened to you? You're chugging your way through a book at a decent pace, it's down to the last legs, you've decided on the good ol' four star rating, it's true that it had some really good parts but ultimately you can't say that it was particularly amazing. And all of the sudden the last part slams into your face, you're knocked sprawling on your ass by the weight of the words spiraling around your head in a merry go round of pure literary power, and you swear the book is whisper ...more
Bookworm Sean
This book haunts me. I can’t stop thinking about it because I have questions, questions and more questions; I have so many unanswered questions that I will never know the answer to, and it’s slowly killing me!

What is the trial? Is K actually guilty or is he innocent? Is this novel a nightmare sequence or a paranormal encountering? Why are so many characters never heard from again? And who is that mysterious figure at the end of the novel that witnesses K fate? There are just so many questions, b
The tortured bureaucratic world described in The Trial always strikes me as startlingly modern. I wondered

How The Trial might have started if Kafka had been an academic writing in 2010

K's latest conference paper had been rejected, and now he sat in front of his laptop and read through the referees' comments. One of them, evidently not a native speaker of English, had sent a page of well-meaning advice, though K was unsure whether he understood his recommendations. The second referee had only wri
Huda Yahya

تخيل معي للحظة أن ماكس برود -ناشر كتب كافكا
قد قام بحرق جميع كتبه بناءً على وصيته
هل كان ممكنًا لعالم القراء تخيل مكتبة كونية
لا تحوي خلاصة الكافاكاوية بها ؟
إن طلب كافكا المجنون ببساطة يستكمل رحلته الحياتية
وفلسفته الخاصة كما يليق بها كروح عدمية
وما فعله ماكس برود – ليرقد في سلام أينما كان
هو ما يليق بكاتب عظيم وروح شفافة
كان ليخلو عالم الأدب منها إن نفذ تلك الوصية


ذهب القفص يبحث عن عصفور

تتناول الرواية الشهيرة مشكلة السلطة العليا
وقد أولها الكثيرون إلى الأب الذي عانى منه
Dan Schwent
On his thirtieth birthday, bank employee Josef K. is arrested for an unknown crime and prosecuted on certain Sundays by an unknown agency.

Yeah, that's a pretty vague teaser but how else do you drag someone into The Trial?

On the surface, The Trial is an absurd legal drama that nicely illustrates how inept bureaucracy can be. However, my little gray cells tell me that's just the tip of the iceberg. The Trial seems to be about how incomprehensible and absurd life can be at times. I don't think it's
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Look at Joseph K., a bank officer living in a country with a constitution. He wakes up one day with strange men in his apartment telling him he's under arrest. Why or for what offense, no one knows. The arresting officers themselves don't know and can't tell him. Even if he's under arrest, however, no one picks him up or locks him in jail. He can still go to his office, work, perform his customary daily chores, and do whatever he wants to do as he awaits his trial. But he is understandably anxio ...more
Kafka's Trial is one of those books that are always present in cultural sphere and referenced ad nauseum. Despite never having read Kafka before I am quite sure I used the word 'Kafkaesque' on many occasions and maintained a semi-eloquent conversation about 'The Trial'.
I could've probably done without ever reading it but recently I resolved to take my literary pursuits seriously and since books seem to be the only thing in this world I truly care for I might as well take it to another level.

First, a quick summary of this horrible, horrible novel. Some jackass gets arrested, he does things you would not do, sees people you would not see and has thoughts you would not have. After that, a priest and a parable then, mercifully, the end.

Now my thoughts. K. is a pompous ass with a very important job - to him. The bureaucrats are the best part of the whole story, all job description, no brains (like now!). K's uncle, lawyer and landlady are very forgettable. Fräulein Bürstner is intriguin
Lynn Beyrouthy

I have read many reviews and saw that I belong to the minority who just didn’t like or get this book.

Like the author, I am going to leave The Trial unfinished and surrender to the fact that, unfortunately, Franz Kafka’s writing is way too bizarre, inane and unrealistic for my tastes.

The protagonist, a pretentious banker named Josef K. woke up one morning to find two strangers in his room who told him he was under arrest. The reason for his conviction is never revealed and even
Verdict: A tome of existentialist tripe so bleak and pointless there isn’t even a trial.

There comes a point in the evolution all art; visual, literary, musical, wherein those who create it eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and become too self aware. ‘Look at this medium,’ they proclaim. ‘We have been following rules, society imposed rules limiting what our work can be, limiting what *we* can be!’ It shines suddenly and clearly before them, conventions that were never questioned are
Sometimes when book bothers me, I read more by the same auther to develope my sense of the author's style and personality. This book, however, did the opposite, after finishing it I had the same thought, "this is brillian but why does the author write such fantastical situations." I finally "get" this guys genius after I read a quote in a book I am reading now that says, "all good fiction does not necessarily depict reality as much as it uncovers truth." FINALLY, I got it. I get Kafka and can mo ...more
Ian Agadada-Davida
Who Dared Seize Him?

Ever since first reading this novel in school, I've assumed the word "Kafkaesque" described an aspect of society analogous to living under a totalitarian state.

For much of this thoroughly enjoyable re-read, I persisted with this view.

However, when Joseph K. is arrested with no apparent justification, he is more surprised than an inhabitant of a fascist state. He asks:

"Who could these men be? What were they talking about? What authority could they represent? K. lived in a coun
Emilian Kasemi
Just the part where K. discusses with the priest the fable (a parable of his situation which has been published separately as a short story; "Before the Law") deserves not 5 but a hundred stars! The same with the end of the book, one of the best I've read. Apart from that I have to admit that I found it a little boring and totally frustrating in many parts. In any Kafka's work I always feel anxious and in a state of bewilderment. He is a master in this and his stories maintain in the reader this ...more
"The Trial" is funny. If you read it as a comedy, it's not only more entertaining, it's far more frightening. Dark Comedy. The moral of the story, to elaborate a cliche', is that it's only futile to resist when you have no idea what you're resisting. We never know what K did wrong, and neither did he, and the whole thing is just an absurd mystery that trips itself up sentence by sentence. There are banana peels strewn all over this book and the slapstick is existential rather than vaudevillian. ...more
[P] was woken one morning by the sound of sniggering coming from the corner of his bedroom. As he opened his eyes he saw two figures emerge out of the shadows and approach the bed. ‘We are here to investigate,’ one said. ‘We are the police,’ said the other. [P] was disconcerted, he had never woken to find two policemen in his room before. ‘I haven’t reported a crime,’ said [P]. ‘There must be some mistake.’ ‘There is no mistake,’ said one of the policemen. His colleague had taken up a position b
Before you read my old initial review here's a summary that has been distilled over time in my mind:

Franz Kafka was a true genius. What is this sign of genius? When you can write a classic novel that wasn't even properly completed.

I read The Trial to give myself a better perspective on Kafka's writing style for my literature course. I can perceive similarities to his Metamorphosis but in many aspects this is a completely different work. However they are both challenging pieces with complex idea
Mohamed Elshawaf
هل تعرف أن كافكا كتبها فى ليلة واحدة من العاشرة مساءًا حتى السادسة صباحاً، المقطوعات الفنية الفريدة فقط هى التى لها مثل هذه السّمة!
مُحيّرة، فماذا أراد بها كافكا!

لأديب يكتب رواية مثل هذه فى ليلة واحدة دون انقطاع، فإنى لا أشك أنه نفسه لا يعرف مدى رمزيتها وماذا أراد بها، فهو –مؤكد- لم يرسم الشخصيات ولم يوزع أدوارها فى الشكل النمطىّ المعهود ولا استخدم المسودات.. لأن كل هذا العمل الروتينى الرتيب يستغرق وقتاً ويستهلك من الروح الإبداعية، فتلك الروح حين تتواجد بقوة فإنها تتبنى كل تلك الأدوار
I’ve come to the conclusion that the word “kafkaesque” has been abused by our society, most notably by pseudo-intellectuals describing any concept they feel is beyond the scope of one’s understanding. Do me a favor, the next time someone uses the word improperly, kick that person in his/her junk.

It seems to me that the term carries with it characteristics that extend beyond the bizarre. I understand that the definition is rather fluid, but it should be held to some sort of standard. It’s sort o
Parthiban Sekar

Meaning: a formal examination of evidence by a judge, typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings.

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باورم نمیشه که هنوز برای محاکمه ریویو ننوشتم.
فعلاً این مقدار مینویسم، بعداً مفصل ترش میکنم.

معروفه که میگن اسم «ک» برای شخصیت اول، نشون دهنده ی اینه که کافکا نمیخاد شخصیت پردازی بکنه. نمیخاد شخصیتش حتا اسم داشته باشه. این، شاید مهم ترين خصوصيت «ک» باشه. بی هویت و بی شخصیت بودنش. شخصيت انفعالى داشتنش. او همواره محكوم بوده، همچنان كه در دادگاه بى نام و نشان محكوم میشه. محكوم بوده كه جهان و ديگران هويتش رو تعيين كنن. همیشه همراه با جهت جهان اطرافش حرکت میکنه. عموش به جاش تصميم میگیره. دخترك ناقص الخ
Chiara Pagliochini
« Lei è innocente? », chiese. « Sì », disse K. Fu addirittura con gioia che diede risposta a questa domanda, soprattutto perché quella risposta era diretta a un privato, e non comportava quindi nessuna responsabilità. Nessuno gli aveva ancora rivolto una domanda così esplicita. Per assaporare questa gioia, aggiunse: « Sono del tutto innocente ».

Alcuni anni fa, quando ero ancora al liceo, mi capitò di assistere a una rappresentazione teatrale di questo stesso testo. Anche allora – e, direi, sopr
Henry Avila
Josef K.(just his initial), is a banker in Prague, now the capital of the Czech Republic, during the last days of the Austro- Hungarian Empire, before World War 1.Such a young man at the age of thirty, to be in charge of a large bank's finances.He lives in a boarding house of Frau Grabach. Why such a successful man does, is a mystery.Maybe he likes the women there,especially Fraulein Burstner, Josef is a bit of a wolf.Out of the sky two men come to his room and arrest him. The arrogant guards ev ...more
I decided to read The Trial was because I saw that next week’s lecture made reference to this book as well as Orwell’s 1984. These books weren’t required reading but I’ve read 1984 and I thought it would be a good excuse to read The Trial, because I’m pretentious like that. I really enjoyed Kafka’s The Metamorphosis so I was excited to have an excuse to read his famous unfinished novel. The Trial tells the story of Josef; a chief financial officer for a bank finds himself being arrested and pros ...more
mai ahmd

متشككة بشأن ترتيب الفصول بما إن المترجم اختار ترتيب أحد المتخصصين في أدب كافكا .. أقول لنفسي ماذا لو رتبتهم بنفسي يمكن للقارىء أن يفعل ذلك ..
فكافكا دائما لغز كثيرون عجزوا عن حله ولا بأس بالمحاولة :)
وكما قال أحد الدارسين لأدب كافكا يمكنك أن تفهم من كافكا كل شيء وفي نفس الوقت أنت لا تفهم شيئا .. المزعج في هذه الدراسة كثرة الرسائل التي نشرها وطفي عن مراسلاته مع شتاخ وذلك الآخر الذي تم اعتماد ترتيبه للفصول ولا أرى في نشرها فائدة تذكر كان ممن الممكن اختصار كل تلك الثرثرة والنزاعات حول أدب كافكا .. ك
The real question is, the question that Joseph K. wants to know, who accuses me? There are no answers, only questions. He accuses himself. Friends and neighbours accuse. God accuses. The police. The courts. All this comes to ambush him, and, ultimately us, as we try to get on with our lives.

There is such a solid core to The Trial. It reminds me so much of Dostoyevsky. The atmosphere is dreamlike, surreal - and yet at once concrete, real as the shoes on my feet. The build-up of tension is relent
Feb 28, 2008 Daniel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in bizarre situations of dizzying anxiety
Shelves: german
This may be the strangest book I have ever read. What can I say - it was Kafkaesque! I never knew what the trial was about, but I always thought it was about, well, a trial. It turns out - and I'm not spoiling it for you, because this is clear in the beginning - that Josef K. doesn't know what the trial is about either.
Sometimes it's hard in German for me to be sure I have the tone right, but much of this book is dream/nightmare-like, not unlike Die Verwandlung. I can't say that I got much out
It was a semi dark cell, where lay two men propped against walls, facing each other, these men from 20th century fiction need no introduction. On one side was Herr Joseph K gnawing on his nails & on the other in his nonchalance vapidly lay Monsieur Meursault.

Both men had been constantly staring into each others eyes, not like lovers but like men brooding on platonic ideas, without even a modicum of awkwardness, as if in the other fellow lay the meaning of life. Soon tears of palliation rolle
Desde que li A Metamorfose, do famoso escritor Franz Kafka, que fiquei com vontade de ler mais alguma coisa dele. O Processo foi uma escolha natural, porque é igualmente um dos seus romances mais conhecidos. O autor checo não publicou este livro em vida, e ficou mesmo por terminar, apesar de o capítulo final ter ficado completo.

No dia em que faz 30 anos, Josef K. acorda e fica a saber que vai ser preso por dois agentes não identificados pertencentes a uma entidade desconhecida, por um crime que
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Franz Kafka (German pronunciation: [ˈfʀants ˈkafka]) 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 lite ...more
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