The Trial by Franz Kafka

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it. In his brilliant translation, Breon Mitchell masterfully reproduces the distinctive poetics of Kafka's prose, revealing a novel that is as full of energy and power as it was when it was first written.

The 35th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 2nd on Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century (Wikipedia)
  2. - 2nd on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  3. - 3rd on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  4. - 3rd on The Greatest 20th Century Novels (Waterstone)
  5. - 4th on Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century (The Guardian)
  6. - 5th on Biblioteca (Argentina)
  7. - 5th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  8. - 15th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  9. - 20th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  10. - 21st on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  11. - 38th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  12. - 46th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  13. - 49th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  14. - 76th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  15. - 83rd on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  16. - The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written (Martin Seymour-Smith)
  17. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  18. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  19. - The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))
  20. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  21. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  22. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  23. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Trial Paperback 273310 $3.09 $1.95 2010
The Trial Audio CD 2056982 $35.28 $27.00
The Trial - A New Translation Based on the Restored Text Paperback 6168948 $66.50
The Trial Hardcover 854018 $186.88 $8.89
The Trial Kindle Edition 20629 $0.99 2009
The Trial Paperback 255858 $4.89 $3.65 2011
The Trial (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition 272226 $7.01 2009
The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text Kindle Edition 43732 $4.49 2012
The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text Hardcover 455486 $36.77 $7.58 1998
The Trial (Dover Thrift Editions) Kindle Edition 93590 $2.62 2012
The Trial by Franz Kafka. (With Linked TOC) (Kindle Edition) Kindle Edition 229005 $0.99 2010
The Trial: Classic Collection Audio CD 1729645 $11.33 $8.00 2008
The Trial (Dover Thrift Editions) Kindle Edition 288600 $2.62 2009
The Trial (Oxford World's Classics) Audio CD 3003894 $7.85 $9.42 2013
The Trial Audio CD 4585877 $24.83 2011
The Trial Paperback 278091 $3.98 $0.01 1995
The Trial Kindle Edition 22728 $0.99 2013
The Trial Paperback 498517 $9.49 2014
The Trial: [Original Edition] Paperback 645658 $5.79 2016
The Trial (Complete Classics) Audio CD 4077038 $14.94 $14.94 2007
The Trial Paperback 262504 $7.58 2015
The Trial Hardcover 838108 $41.76 $10.87 2011
The Trial Audible Audio Edition 23921 $17.95 2015
The Trial Audible Audio Edition 28877 $17.95 2012
The Trial Paperback 49512 $6.99 2017
The Metamorphosis & The Trial Paperback 1744163 $8.99 2017
The Metamorphosis & The Trial Kindle Edition 85482 2017
The Trial Paperback 7729117 $5.00 $23.07 2013
The Trial (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Hardcover 459092 $13.50 $3.99 1992
The Trial (Modern Film Scripts) Paperback 1396145 $53.66 $1.99 1970
The Trial a dramatic monologue Paperback 797492 $6.19 $7.14 2016
The Trial, Large-Print Edition Paperback 1146372 $11.44 $12.98 2006
El Proceso / the Trial (Clasicos Universales) (Spanish Edition) Mass Market Paperback 1379527 $5.99 $267.00 2003
The Trial (Oberon Modern Plays) Paperback 2172948 $8.45 $2.35 2016
The Trial Paperback 3917458 $6.00 $4.99 2013
The Trial Paperback 26019 $5.32 2016
The Trial Kindle Edition 71174 2018
The Trial Paperback 4110631 $11.61 $18.51 2017
The Trial by Franz Kafka (2016-07-21) Hardcover 7614333 $42.74 $35.18
The Trial Kindle Edition 115697 2017
The Trial Paperback 379177 $8.99 $4.00 2018
The Trial Paperback 1320698 $41.01 $0.10 1987
The Trial Paperback 471836 $8.54 2018
The Trial (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback 280364 $4.19 $2.00 2009
El proceso / The Trial (Spanish Edition) Paperback 952525 $5.99 $5.67 2008
The Trial (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 219072 $6.98 $2.31 2009
The Trial (Illustrated Classics): A Graphic Novel Paperback 1557186 $18.00 $1.99 2008
The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library) Paperback 16904 $9.89 $1.72 1999
The Trial Paperback 406048 $6.00 $1.64 2015
The Trial Paperback 1099844 $8.99 2018
The Trial: A Dramatization Based on Kafka's Novel Paperback 5999099 $52.48 $3.76