This new edition of Kafka's terrifying and comic masterpiece is the product of an international team of experts who used Kafka's original text and notes to render this story as close to the author's vision as possible. Kafka's final novel tells the haunting tale of a man's relentless struggle with authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle.The story of K - the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home - seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration. An unfinished novel that feels strangely complete, The Castle uses absurd fantasy to reveal a profound truth.More
"To read Kafka is always a surprising encounter. It shocks literary conventions and takes you with a jolt to the depths of the soul....The new translation by Harman restores Kafka to Kafka." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"A necessary acquisition for anyone interested in Kafka." (Library Journal)
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Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)
Yes. Because it captures the rhythms of Kafka's prose nicely.
For some reason, Howard's reading was periodically (rarely but recurring) interrupted by another voice (or Howard's voice on a different day and under different conditions). It sounded as though someone had come along after the initial recording and inserted new material. I found these interjections strange and frustrating. It seemed far less than professional to me.