The Trial by Franz Kafka

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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.

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The 35th greatest fiction book of all time

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  1. - 2nd on Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century (Wikipedia)
  2. - 2nd on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (
  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 (
  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 ( (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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