The Castle by Franz Kafka

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.

The 71st 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. - Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century (Wikipedia)
  7. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  8. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  9. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 B├╝cher (Die Zeit)
  10. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Castle (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Hardcover 378770 $10.99 $2.98 1992
The Castle (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 207087 $9.73 $2.49 2009
The Castle Audible Audiobook 55300 $23.95 2011
The Castle Paperback 37010 $10.00 $2.40 1998
The Castle & The Trial Hardcover 2805099 $52.18 $4.11 1968
The Castle Paperback 2376848 $19.54 $1.77 2010
The Castle Paperback 581871 $8.74 $3.50 2013
The Castle (LIBRARY EDITION) Audio CD 3115550 $5.97 $11.58 2000
By Franz Kafka - The Castle: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (New edition) (11/15/98) Paperback 1321273 $13.59 $7.28 1998
Franz Kafka ; The Trial / America / In The Penal Settlement / Metamorphosis / The Castle / The Great Wall of China / Investigations of a Dog / Letter to his Father / The Diaries 1910-23 Hardcover 1057350 $213.70 $20.53 1976
The Castle Paperback 800940 $4.96 $0.01 1995
The Castle (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition 292028 2009
The Castle Mass Market Paperback 4092554 $4.44
The Castle Hardcover 10299986 $6.00
The Castle: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text Kindle Edition 80719 $6.83 2012
The Castle: A new translation based on the restored text Hardcover 1894394 $23.92 $0.01 1998
Castle, The (Naxos Complete Classics) Audio CD 2929960 $27.89 $57.67 2010
The Castle (Modern Library, 388.1) Hardcover 3356815 $10.90 $1.59 1969
The Castle (Classics of World Literature) Kindle Edition 89230 $3.99 2012
The Castle (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback 751906 $3.67 $2.66 2009
The Castle (Schocken classics) Hardcover 2292302 $5.00 $0.01 1988
The Castle Paperback 665915 $6.02 $6.98 2013
The Castle Audio CD 4700297 $15.72 $41.28 2001
The Castle Paperback 3785271 $8.85
Castle Paperback 3398258 $4.99 $4.99
The Castle (Classics of World Literature) Kindle Edition 308339 $3.99 2012
The Castle Paperback 3050432 $11.69 $6.56 1998
The Castle Paperback 3875133 $10.00 $4.46
The Castle: Definitive Edition with an Homage Hardcover 1403321 $1.97 1969
The Castle Hardcover 3117173 $22.69 $22.64 2013
The Castle Hardcover 967374 $8.98
The Castle (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback 5382564 $19.67 $15.47
The Castle & The Trial Hardcover 4530228 $12.99
The Castle (Chinese Edition) Paperback 1988453 $13.99 2016
El castillo (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3415006 $8.54 $10.43 2015
20th Century Castle (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 1530311 $53.44 $2.57 1997
Castle Paperback 1052799 $2.08
El castillo / The Castle (Contemporanea / Contemporary) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 7326807 $16.57 $29.99 2004
El castillo (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 543034 2014
El Castillo (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3118251 $8.88 $9.94 2016
Castillo, El Hardcover 9271973 $22.95 $77.76
The Castle Audio CD 2867539 $8.89 $4.95 2008
The Castle Hardcover 1813017 $10.00 1954
El castillo (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 2303109 2011
The Castle (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 1608563 $7.28 $0.89 2000