by Franz Kafka
This classic account of bureaucratic tyranny resonates in any time and any place – which is to say, all times and all places – where people are abused by humans and institutions more powerful than them.
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“The Trial tells of the struggle of a high-ranking bank official (a status not unlike that of Kafka at his insurance institute) who is charged by a mysterious Court with having committed a crime (forever unspecified) and is murdered by warders of the Court in a particularly brutal and sexually charged manner. What is extraordinary is the degree of penetration the “novel” has made into the legal mind as well.” Read more...
Stanley Corngold, Literary Scholar
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