The Castle

The Castle Translated and with a preface by Mark HarmanLeft unfinished by Kafka in and not published until two years after his death The Castle is the haunting tale of K s relentless unavailing stru

  • Title: The Castle
  • Author: Franz Kafka Mark Harman Regaip Minareci Şerif Yeşilbucak
  • ISBN: 9780805211061
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • Translated and with a preface by Mark HarmanLeft unfinished by Kafka in 1922 and not published until 1926, two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to the Castle Scrupulously following the fluidity and breathlessness of the sparsely punctuated original manuscripTranslated and with a preface by Mark HarmanLeft unfinished by Kafka in 1922 and not published until 1926, two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to the Castle Scrupulously following the fluidity and breathlessness of the sparsely punctuated original manuscript, Mark Harman s new translation reveals levels of comedy, energy, and visual power previously unknown to English language readers.

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    • Franz Kafka Mark Harman Regaip Minareci Şerif Yeşilbucak

      Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century He was born to a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia presently the Czech Republic , Austria Hungary His unique body of writing much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.His stories include The Metamorphosis 1912 and In the Penal Colony 1914 , while his novels are The Trial 1925 , The Castle 1926 and Amerika 1927.Kafka s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of French language and culture one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.Kafka s writing attracted little attention until after his death During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a short novel Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod Dearest Max, my last request Everything I leave behind me in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters my own and others , sketches, and so on, is to be burned unread Brod overrode Kafka s wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them Brod had told him as much Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka s notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.All of Kafka s published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesensk , were written in German.

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    • Vi un polic a, fui hacia l y le pregunt cu l era el camino.Sonri y dijo Quieres conocer el camino S dije , ya no puedo hallarlo por m mismo Olv dalo, olv dalo dijo, y se volvi con brusquedad, como la gente que quiere quedarse a solas con su risa Franz Kafka, Olv dalo Los caminos kafkianos siempre son los m s dif ciles La frase es m a pero lejos de creerme un fil sofo, creo que resume lo que El castillo representa Todo, absolutamente todo lo que le pasa a K en la novela se compone de futilidad, f [...]


    • I m re reading The Castle 10 years later with older, patient eyes and it s proving to be a wonderful time, especially with the new translation The Eighth Chapter of The Castle is, perhaps, some of the most beautifully composed writing in all of modern literature The new translation adds a dreamy, sudden stillness and frightening sense of desolate open space in Kafka s work which is better known for his breathless, claustophobic style of writing and description This feeling was lost and never ca [...]


    • It was the start of the year when NK picked up The Castle by Kafka, a book he had tried to read a lot of times but failed in the past but now he was full of a new resolution that he will finish it this time He had hardly read a few pages, however, when his wife called him We need to withdraw some money from the bank, she said There are a lot of bills to be paid, and some of them are long overdue Can t we do it online NK grumbled No, said his wife The grocer and the vegetable peddler do not carry [...]



    • Honestly, I quit.It was too, how do I say it Kafkaesque But am I greater than the writer himself No Kafka quit too and just as mid sentence as I only later in the text Evidently, he died of tedium Thank goodness I stopped before Kafka s work killed me too.I was not enriched by the petty squabbles of German Czech villagers and the gyrating evasions of bureaucrats worshiped in detail by said squabbling villagers I didn t like the protagonist I couldn t even admire K for not liking Klf.I think at t [...]



    • Exhausted after his long walk, K thinks only to rest in the small village that has just reached However, requires an authorization from the castle to spend the night K tried a bluff by pretending to be a surveyor hired by the count, and, to everyone s surprise, the administration confirms K castle in office, and Deputy even aid twice for assist him in his task.In the morning, K is trying to solve this mystery, especially as it confirms him quickly no survey work is needed in the village But all [...]


    • Now what could have attracted me to this desolate land other than the desire to stay In The Castle, Kafka s protagonist ludicrously struggles to gain entrance to and make sense of the Castle, an entity which is effectively unattainable and incomprehensible.Reading the book felt like coming home one day to discover that all of your belongings have been shifted 5 centimeters to the left, with the exception of one lone, grimy spoon Nearly everything was askew to some degree This book was so painful [...]



    • Estou na p gina 220 de 380 e se n o desisto j ainda me d um piripaqueEsta obra de Kafka , dizem, importante e de leitura imprescind vel A mim fez me um sono desgra ado e eu pade o de ins nias Tem umas partes meio chanfradas que me fizeram rir, mas a maioria conversa chata Do que li, conta a hist ria de um homem que chega a uma terra para trabalhar e a burocracia das hierarquias e da papelada impedem no de chegar ao castelo, de falar com o respons vel e executar o trabalho para o qual foi contrat [...]


    • An extraordinary combination of beauty and subtle, paranoid horror growing inured to disappointment Who else can make snow sinister scary perhaps, but surely not sinister It ends in the middle of a sentence, tantalisingly still, it ends with a mysterious old woman just about to say something Very apt for a tale of layers of secrecy and never ending frustration It can be interpreted as an allegory for Jewish alienation and or as a semi autobiographical rendition of his relationship with Milena a [...]


    • It struck me round about page 200 that there was no particular reason for this novel to end, or for it to have been this long, rather it could have progressed near infinitely, a continuing unfolding of enigmatic conversations and meetings with assistant secretaries and children of under castellians, the promise of revelation growing balanced by the necessity of accepting the fundamental absurdity of the situation.I found I had to read this novel slowly, partly because of Kafka caused insanity, p [...]



    • Four stars to keep the Kafka cartel from adopting me to their ranks and slapping me with their theses on the role of Klamm as bermensch and Olga as berwench Franz transfers The Trial to a small village, where K struggles to receive an appointment at the department for deportment in the castle, and sets about seducing a barmaid on the floor of the bar no one told me Kafka was so erotic , and making wrong utterances to every person encountered The fact this novel breaks off mid sentence proves apt [...]




    • The devil has a library Alongside Necronomicon and Malleus Maleficarum, you can find a copy of Franz Kafka s The Castle To read this is to know pain This book is an ungodly torment It doesn t even have proper paragraph division There are paragraphs that contain chapters inside themselves How much of a mind twist is that Wall of text of death The narrative unravels in a feverish and dream like state and never breaks from it Nevertheless, I manage to finish reading this sucker Oh I am the baddest [...]


    • A young land surveyor arrives in a village, appointed by the count of the castle on the hill overshadowing the country In a dreamlike, labyrinthine tale riddled with material and emotional inconsistencies,Kafka envisions a bureaucratic administration bloated and twisted beyond all imaginings, in which reverence for authority is elevated to an extreme and bizarre form of religious observance religion itself is tellingly absent K s affaires and intrigues are governed by almost arbitrary and myster [...]



    • What haunts you I took a class and the Professor presented us with that question What bothers you, gets to you What do you care about This may form the strongest premise of all timeless literature Kafka teaches me the meaning of this insight He wrote themes haunting him in his life I don t wonder Kafka has become my favorite of all writers I presently know if I believed in reincarnation I d wonder if I may have been Kafka in my past life I m not insinuating I write with his genius We both have s [...]


    • Only a total stranger could ask such a question Are there control agencies There are only control agencies Of course they aren t meant to find errors, in the vulgar sense of that term, since no errors occur, and even if an error does occur, as in your case, who can finally say that it is an error.We were all once younger I don t know if we have all been haunted.


    • You misinterpret everything, even the silence You simply cannot help it Semi coherent thoughts to come later that is, if I am able to piece something together Because Kafka is one of those authors I love without being able to explain why, you know He s crazy like that.


    • bbc programmes b05tbw1mRevisit 2015 is via Radio 4 drama I shall re read the book at the same time.It was late in the evening when K arrived.From wiki Kafka began writing The Castle on the evening of 27 January 1922, the day he arrived at the mountain resort of Spindlerm hle now in the Czech Republic A picture taken of him upon his arrival shows him by a horse drawn sleigh in the snow in a setting reminiscent of The Castle Hence, the significance that the first few chapters of the handwritten ma [...]


    • Kafka is the author of frustration He writes about frustration, he s frustrated about writing, The Castle breaks off mid sentence, he asked Max Brod to burn his work but he knew Brod wouldn t do it Kafka knew he would be frustrated in frustrating his frustrated book about frustration What s it all about I don t know, you re not supposed to know, not knowing is the point There s no decoder ring In The Trial K doesn t know how to defend himself, he doesn t even know what he s accused of, he just k [...]


    • This is a novel about our need to belong, our need for acceptance, our need for love Of course, it has to be frustrating, therefore unfinished


    • Ratings seem especially beside the point with The Castle If you have any affinity for Kafka, it s worth your time It contains some of his strangest and most disturbing images the sound of singing children coming out of phone receivers and a bone deep feeling of being lost in a world whose rules we can t even fail to grasp But it s also unfinished and there are moments late in the novel where you can feel Kafka spinning his wheels, getting lost within the continually forking paths of his characte [...]


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    • It was late in the evening when K arrived The village was deep in snow The Castle hill was hidden, veiled in mist and darkness, nor was there even a glimmer of light to show that a castle was there On the wooden bridge leading from the main road to the village, K stood for a long time gazing into the illusory emptiness above him 3 disappointed in the Castle it was after all only a wretched looking town, a huddle of village houses, whose sole merit, if any, lay in being built of s [...]



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