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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This edition of Kafka’s terrifying and comic masterpiece is the product of an international team of experts who used Kafka’s original text and notes to render this story as close to the author’s vision as possible. Kafka’s final novel tells the haunting tale of a man’s relentless struggle with authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle.

The story of K—the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home—seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration. An unfinished novel that feels strangely complete, The Castle uses absurd fantasy to reveal a profound truth.

Though Kafka seemed to think this work a failure, it has been recognized by critics as one of the greatest novels of its century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “To read Kafka is always a surprising encounter. It shocks literary conventions and takes you with a jolt to the depths of the soul…The new translation by Harman restores Kafka to Kafka.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “A major and long-awaited event in English-language publishing. [A] wonderful piece of news for all Kafka readers…Mark Harman is to be commended for his success in capturing the fresh, fluid, almost breathless style of Kafka’s original manuscript.”

    Mark M. Anderson, Columbia University

  • “Sparkles with comedy, with zest, and with a fresh visual power…This is not just a new, brilliantly insightful, sensitive, and stylish translation, it is a new Castle, and it is a pleasure to read.”

    Christopher Middleton, University of Texas at Austin

  • “A necessary acquisition for anyone interested in Kafka.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monika Antonova | 2/18/2014

    " Only for true and loyal Kafka fans - it's not easy to get through, and then you get the ice-cold shower of it practically ending mid-sentence. It was definitely a tough but rewarding read - however, I made the mistake of reading it in Bulgarian, which inevitably impaired the experience. I've said it and I'll say it again - you'd better read Kafka in German or not read Kafka at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/8/2014

    " Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Kafka's writing style (or the translator's) does not flow very well, causing the book to be a slow read. This book takes a look at beaurocracy and it's inconviences and for anyone who has ever felt frustrated while standing in line at a Goverment office or getting the right signature for approval - this book will make you laugh (or cry). One thing is for sure, Kafka has a unique perspective on things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 2/1/2014

    " Can't believe I never read it before. Now I truly know the meaning of Kafkaesque. Ugh, the frustration and the sense of impending doom that this book creates was amazing. I wanted to drink heavily by the time I was halfway through it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan Ball | 1/29/2014

    " THE CASTLE may be the single most radical, exciting, and disturbing novel ever written in world history. Read the Mark Harman translation, which preserves Kafka's irregularities in style and ends mid-sentence where he gave up. "

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