'In the end, out of nothing at all, an enormous fabric of guilt will be conjured up.'
One morning Josef K. is arrested for a crime he did not commit. In fact, he is never even told the nature of the offense. His life is thrown into turmoil as he becomes enmeshed in a struggle to prove his innocence. As the confounding case unfolds, K. is ultimately powerless - battling against a remote and uncaring bureaucracy.
Due to its posthumous publication, The Trial's original text is largely unedited. In this new translation, Isabel Tucker emends certain details while retaining the enigmatic and surreal style which marks Kafka's brilliance.
Filled with psychological tension and disconcerting parallels with the modern world, The Trial is a dystopian masterpiece by one of the greatest writers in the German-language.
About the Author
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, born into a middle-class Jewish family in Prague. His name has become a byword for alienation and guilt and his harrowing yet humorous work, features individuals in an impersonal and bureaucratic world over which they have increasingly little power.
Isabel Tucker studied French and German at Oxford University and Kings College London. After several years teaching Modern Languages, she moved into publishing and now works as a freelance editor and translator.