Kafka, Franz - The Castle - ( Item 123277 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2011. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Slight marks to panels of slipcase. Introduced by John Sutherland. Bound in paper, printed with a design by Bill Bragg Set in Elysium. Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations. Book size: 9” x 61/4”, 336 pages. Unsettling, thought-provoking, yet with frequent ?ashes of humour, Kafka's novels have left an indelible mark on modern literature. The Castle, Kafka's final novel, is about a man who is caught between two types of society, both equally alienating. The protagonist K., a land surveyor, has been summoned to a castle, located in a snowy nowhere-land. Yet the castle is closed to him and there is no record of him being summoned – his entire presence there, it seems, is due to a bureaucratic error. The count who sent the summons is never seen; the castle is ?lled with clerks ?ling documents, issuing diktats and seducing the women of the village. K. seems doomed to remain an outsider in the village and yet is excluded from the castle. In his introduction to this edition, John Sutherland observes that Kafka was the ?rst, and greatest, writer to dramatise the shift in European society from feudal, familial 'community' (the village) to rational 'bureaucracy' (the castle). This Folio Society edition is illustrated by Bill Bragg. It uses the acclaimed translation by Mark Harman, based on the original manuscript and hailed by J.M. Coetzee as 'the translation of preference for some time to come.'
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