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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,716 ratings  ·  210 reviews
NTV Yayınları'nın yeni serisi Çizgi Roman Dünya Klasikleri, ilk çizgi roman Macbeth'in ardından Franz Kafka'nın en ünlü romanı Dava ile devam ediyor...

Shakespeare'den Kafka'ya

Bu çizgi romanda yeniden yaratılan Dava, bir sabah hiç açıklanmayan sebeplerden ötürü tutuklanan Joseph K'nın hayret verici bir yargı süreciyle mücadelesinin kasvetli hikâyesini anlatıyor. Joseph K, b
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 2009 by NTV Yayınları (first published 2008)
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My first impression of this graphic novel version of "The Trial" was positive--but then I went back and re-read Kafka's book.

Certainly the sense of ominousness comes across in Montellier's drawings, but they are too heavy-handed and lack the subtleness of the layers in the original. I felt especially that Joseph K was way too solid and overbearing. The illustrations did not at all convey the way he fades gradually out his his life and into a state of total passive uncertainty. There are also to
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Someone must have been slandering Joseph K. because one morning without having done anything wrong, he was suddenly arrested.

And with that wonderful line, so starts this book.

And then I was completely lost. I had no idea what this story was about. It all flew right over my head.

And why did the MC have that same deadpan face as on the cover throughout the whole book? It never changed, no matter what was going on in the scene.

Not for me.
Sadie Forsythe
I’ve come to the conclusion that graphic adaptations of books, even famous books, just shouldn’t be read unless you’ve read the original. They make great accompaniments, but never seem to stand on their own. This one is no different. It has a distinct style and you get a sense of the story, but it doesn’t really give you enough meat to truly understand the it. As something I picked up on a whim, while sitting in a coffee shop, it did the job of keeping me from being bored and I don’t regret read ...more
Jonathan Maas
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a great expression of a great work

It's difficult to add anything to Kafka, but David Zane Mairowitz finds a way.

Great art, and you feel how Joseph K feels.

I also liked how the main character was modeled after Kafka himself.

Just incredible!
Illustrated in a style much (and openly) influenced by R. Crumb, this has a good deal more visible nipples than I remember there being in the Muir translation. Not having read the original German, I can't say whether this is simply an editorial choice, or mere pandering. ...more
Catalin Negru
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Target audience: Common people, anyone passionate about the absurd fiction genre.

About the author: According to Wikipedia, Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as expl
The one thing that is most profound about Kafkas books is that they make you feel uncomfortable. They make you shift in your seat uneasily while thoughts in your brain assume a disagreeing position. While I read the original text of the Trial last year, I was slightly dazed by the gloom the book offered. I didn't want to go in, afraid it would permanently put a damper on my existential crisis or whatever the dark phase of my life I was enduring at that time. I also felt guilty for not having the ...more
Carolyn Hembree
It's fine. You have to deal with Kafka's ridiculously oversided head as protagonist, Josef K. If you've read a translation of the novel, this can be a useful tool to graph the major action for students. The end is actually hilarious in this version. The women are misrepresented; the opportunity to flash tits and some trim was irresistable for illustrators, I guess, and they wanted it to sell. In the novel, Kafka's presentation of women -- yes, as sexual objects and also as weapons/shields -- is ...more
This is less a two-star review than an "It was okay" review. The work itself is fine, but I didn't find the interpretation of the Trial to be all that interesting nor did the interpretation as graphic novel really push things in a direction that worked for me. It is mundane in it's surrealism.

Now, Chantal Montellier does some excellent work here, but the emphasis is very much on a psycho-sexual and biographical reading of the Trial.

Lovers of the graphic novel form might really enjoy it.
Nojood Alsudairi
Apr 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If this book were a representetive of Kafka's work, then I would never want to read any of his books. So depressing! So gloomy. As if life is not hard enough for the reader. And these weird relationships with women. How rediculing! How humiliating! Thank you Thuraya for showing me that not only Arab writiers have this attitude towards life and women. ...more
I wasn't blown away, but I think it was because I was having a hard time processing words and images simultaneously. You would think it would be easier, but I found myself so drawn to the words that I kind of skipped over the images most of the time. I think that a lot of the story in the Trial was in the pictures so I think I missed out on a lot.
This was an entertaining graphic novel adaptation of Kafka's famous story. I loved the dark and surreal illustrations.

Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, art, horror
The story text was a good adaptation but the artwork was bit too grotesque and overblown. A nice attempt on a difficult to illustrate book.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stark black and white seems appropriate, but it seems to me that something so bizarrely written needs to be depicted pretty literally, and the departures here just make it not feel like Kafka, even though it is a pretty close adaptation.

I think one problem is that they talk about the possible meanings in the preview, but they don't seem to pick one, and maybe that caused a lack of focus. Instead, they seemed to have focus on the role of women, but in an objectifying way. I can't blame them f
The star of this mind-bender is Chantal Montellier who mesmerized me with an eerie, paranoid, and poignant portrayal of such a precarious parable; she made a black story brilliant with only its visible shades from her pencil and ink .

Kafka is ideal to adapt if you want to inject acid trip panels throughout and this book took full advantage of the bizarre so don't expect an explanation for all you see.

Avoid if you have delicate sensibilities.

Kellie Wagner
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm using graphic novels as a part of an independent reading goal with my freshmen. I won't recommend they read this one. ...more
An interesting way into this classic novella, with some pretty compelling visuals. I did feel afterwards, though, that I should now read the original, if only for comparison sake.
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Found myself going "Whuh? Huh?" a lot of the time. I found the design panels and dialogue made it hard for me to follow the actual story. Or maybe I'm just not smart enough to get Kafka. ...more
Nida Fidanboy
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
needs to be reread to be understood better, it requires deep philosophical knowledge too.
Jonathan Maas
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great adaptation !
Emily K
Excellent illustrations to accompany the original text
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faithful depiction of the novel? Yes, actually. Surprisingly so. I love the art as well.
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I will tell the truth here. I was not looking forward to this book. But it was on my list (the all powerful list) and so I picked it up. And was immediately entranced.

The Trial by Franz Kafka is so relevant to the here and now, it is astounding that it was written about 90 years ago. It tells the story of Joseph K., who wakes up one morning to find some officials in his apartment, there to arrest him. What authority they have to arrest him is not known...what charges he is being arrested un
Ploni Almoni
Graphic novel. Interesting.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Prepare to be disappointed after an excellent introduction by Robert Collins.
Mairowitz and Montellier's adaptation reminds me a little of what might happen if Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame decided to skew The Trial. The drawings are a mix of the detailed and unfinished (not a reference to Kafka's work on the whole, haha). Certain facial expressions are repeated over and over, which suggests Montellier's tendency to cut and paste, so things often look disproportional. A 'life and
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess I was in a completely different frame of mind when reading this, about 8 or so years after encountering Kafka's original. I distinctly remember how much it annoyed and frustrated me. Only later it dawned on me that his genius consisted of exactly that: making you feel just as confused and out of place as his characters.
This rendition is a very good, eminently readable one. The austere black and white graphics seem to accentuate many shades of gray in his universe, whereas the tiny skelet
Abraham Thunderwolf
This comic perturbed me because it was really disjointed, as if the rhythim was off. What the fuck, who is at fault here, the artist, the writer, Kafka himself FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE?! Damn you, Kafka! What does it all mean? That life is senseless and that no matter what you do you get your head cut off by some, but you might get some on the way out, so relax? I don't think a shirt that says, "Kafka says... relax," in huge block letter would go over so well. Maybe a shirt that says, "Kafka says.. ...more
Jason Furman
A well drawn graphic novel of The Trial is a work of art in its own right, not simply a classic comic books version of the novel itself. It is well drawn, has interesting repetitive imagery (like clocks and skeletons), and makes you see the story in a new way. At the same time, it sticks closely to the general contours of the text but if anything seems even more dark and perhaps even more confusing as well. My biggest complaint would be that it loses much of the humor of the original.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015
An interesting read with fascinating art that really draws the eye. I like that the artist chose to illustrate Joseph K as Kafka himself and her playing with perspective does wonders in terms of capturing Kafka's strangeness and his sudden shifts of scene in his writing. The introductory and final notes on Kafka's life also bookend the story well, providing insight into the author's life. This makes me fascinated to move onto the novel proper and see how it reads in full prosaic delivery. ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish this book couldve change things but everyhing is still the same and its so sad. It was written a century ago, but all these things still happen.
Also, i dont really like Kafka's women. I dont know why all women in this book are sexual objects. It's a very dark book, showing everybody is a part of this sick system and they're all evil. I'm really happy to have read this, i will read more Kafka in the future.
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