Kafka's "The Trial"

"Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers."

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  • John

    Kafka's novel is one of the most enigmatic and provocative works I have ever read. I am grateful for the variety of insights and interpretations I heard expressed at our meeting. Strange as it sounds, my dreams were infiltrated by Kafka's characters and situations for several days afterwards.

    1 · January 6, 2013

  • Margo

    I am sorry that I left early and apologize for my rudeness in leaving so abruptly. I wasn't mad or anything and was actually very much looking forward to the discussion. Unfortunately, however, I am really very uncomfortable in large-ish gatherings, partly because I am slightly hard of hearing and was afraid that I would not be able to follow the conversation and therefore would no be able to contribute much to it. Rather than sit there like a silent slug, I thought it best to make a little more room for others who could be more active participants. I probably should have explained myself more thoroughly and taken my leave more graciously. I always enjoy these conversations and hope you all had a good talk about "The Trial." I sincerely apologize for my rudeness and honestly did not mean to be churlish.

    January 3, 2013

    • Peter

      Hi Margo,
      Yes, the group was a somewhat too many so I can see your point and the venue unfortunately makes it very difficult to hear. I thought you were just being selfless and considerate by giving your place to others. Your always interesting comments were missed.

      January 4, 2013

    • John

      Hi Margo, your contributions are always valued. The Kafka meeting attracted three times our usual attendance. If our group is ever this large again in the future, I will appoint a second moderator, and we can split into two smaller groups for at least a part of the time.

      January 6, 2013

  • Ed O.

    Do you really get about 36 people for this group? (That's how many currently RSVPed yes). That seems like too many for a book discussion to me.

    January 3, 2013

  • Josh

    Does anyone recommend a particular translation?

    November 24, 2012

    • Vincent

      Breon Mitchell's 1998 translation.

      December 29, 2012

  • Laurel D.

    I can really make it. My husband will be retired, and I am only working on Friday and Tuesday this semester in the evenings. Unless I get called in as a emergency sub or in case of illness, I can come.

    December 18, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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