“The Trial” is Franz Kafka’s most read and most famous novel worldwide: On his 30th birthday, Joseph K. is arrested, but not locked up.The “guards,” who relay his arrest to him with unapologetic politeness, send him off to his regular job as a bank cashier. Yet from this point on, Joseph is no longer a normal employee — he has been transformed into the accused. But what is he guilty of? Mysterious, surreal, prophetic: Kafka’s posthumous novel is one of the most puzzling works of world literature, a foundational piece of modernity and a masterpiece of the century.
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