The Castle by Franz Kafka

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The Castle is a novel by Franz Kafka. In it a protagonist, known only as K., struggles to gain access to the mysterious authorities of a castle who govern the village where he wants to work as a land surveyor. Kafka died before finishing the work, but suggested it would end with the Land Surveyor dying in the village; the castle notifying him on his death bed that his "legal claim to live in the village was not valid, yet, taking certain auxiliary circumstances into account, he was permitted to live and work there". Dark and at times surreal, The Castle is about alienation, bureaucracy, and the seemingly endless frustrations of man's attempts to stand against the system.

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The 70th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 6th on Biblioteca (Argentina)
  2. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  3. - 49th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  4. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  5. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  6. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  7. - Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century (Wikipedia)
  8. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 B├╝cher (Die Zeit)
  9. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)

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