Bit of a Trial

12 05 2010

The Trial by Franz Kafka

‘It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing’ Albert Camus

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis–an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life–including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door–becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.

Brilliant, disturbing, scary. Had read a lot of Kafka when I was younger but never this one. Reminded me how powerful and frightening he can be. Read it on iPod touch as well which worked surprising well.

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