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“It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary"

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis--an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life--including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door--becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.

Kafka's first book to appear as a Penguin. This absolute classics tells the of story of a Pilgrim's Progress of the sub-conscious, the phantasmagoria of a sensitive mind oppressed and bewildered by the burden of living. It reads like the transcript of a protracted, implacable dream in which reality is entangled with imagination.

The book is in great condition with only a few marks on the cover.

Penguin Modern Classics. 1965. Paperback. 256 pages.

Penguin Modern Classics: The Trial by Franz Kafka


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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