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The Trial by Franz Kafka
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Kafka, Franz. THE TRIAL. (1925). ***.
This is Kafka’s most famous work. Here I am, reading it for the third (and last) time. I have still found no recognizable story line or plot that would allow you to place this within the “novel” genre. Our protagonist, Joseph K., is arrested but never charged. K. then spends most of the rest of the book fighting the system. He turns, mostly, to women, but also goes to other government officials and to priests. He can’t win. You can read this book as one long nightmare that Kafka had of himself, as an alien in Prague, in a conflict with the ruling society. You can read it as a political book; man against the machine. You can read it as a spiritual tract; K. as a Christ figure. I’m not sure that even Kafka knew what he meant.
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