The Castle by Franz Kafka

The Castle by Franz Kafka PDF

The Castle by Franz Kafka pdf 

Franz Kafka is one of the iconic figures of modem world literature. His biography is still obscured by myth and misinformation, yet the plain facts of his life are very ordinary. He was bom on 3 July 1883 in Prague.

He was the eldest of six children. He studied law at university. In his spare time he was writing prose sketches and stories, which were published in magazines and as small books, beginning with Meditation in 1912.

Kafka’s last novel centres on a simple and compelling cluster of images. A rural castle, the property of an absent nobleman, is run by an administrative staff who dominate the village beneath the castle. The protagonist, K., coming from outside and ignorant of the village and the castle, has painfully to learn their ways and to discover that, despite all his efforts, he cannot gain access to the castle.

So far, this may seem to match the associations of gloom and oppression suggested by the term ‘Kafkaesque’. Kafka, however, has much more to offer than the ‘Kafkaesque’, and if one can put aside such presuppositions, The Castle provides many surprising discoveries.

Franz Kafka: The Castle

  • Biographical Preface
  • Introduction
  • Note on the Text
  • Note on the Translation
  • Select Bibliography
  • A Chronology of Franz Kafka
  • Explanatory Notes

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 318
Size:1 Mb