The Castle (Paperback)

By Franz Kafka, John R. Williams (Translator)
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Description


Kafka's final novel was written during 1922, when the tuberculosis that was to kill him was already at an advanced stage. Fragmentary and unfinished, it perhaps never could have been finished; perhaps the tensions between K., the Castle and the village, K.'s struggle for acceptance or recognition by the mysterious Castle authorities or by the people of the village, never will and never can be resolved. Like much of Kafka's work, The Castle is enigmatic and polyvalent. Is it an allegory of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire as it disintegrates into modern nation states, or a quasi-feudal system giving way to a new freedom for the subject? Is it the search by a central European Jew for acceptance and integration into a dominant culture? Is it a spiritual quest for grace or salvation, or an individual's struggle between his sense of independence and his need for approval? Is K. is an opportunist, a victim, or an outsider battling against an elusive authority? Is the Castle a benign source of authority or a whimsical system of control? Like K., the reader is presented with conflicting perspectives that rehearse the existential dilemmas and uncertainties of literary modernity.

About the Author


Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century. Among his most well known stories are "The Metamorphosis" and "In the Penal Colony," and his novels include "The Trial" and "The Castle".

Product Details
ISBN: 9781840221824
ISBN-10: 1840221828
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
Publication Date: July 2009
Pages: 283
Language: English