This 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.
Though Kafka seemed to think this work a failure, it has been recognized by critics as one of the greatest novels of its century."