The Castle (Paperback)

The Castle By Franz Kafka, J. A. Underwood (Translated by), Idris Parry (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Franz Kafka, J. A. Underwood (Translated by), Idris Parry (Introduction by)
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An acclaimed translation of the final work by Franz Kafka—author of Metamorphosis and some of the twentieth century's greatest literature—following the story of a man's bizarre, unending struggle to carry out his mysterious new job

A Penguin Classic

The Castle is the story of K., the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle nor accepted in the village, and yet cannot go home. As he encounters dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, and reason and nonsense, K.'s struggles in the absurd, labyrinthine world where he finds himself seem to reveal an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. Kafka began The Castle in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his three great novels, draws fascinating conclusions that make it feel strangely complete.

About the Author

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was a Czech-born, German-speaking author of some of the most important literature of the twentieth century, including Metamorphosis (1912), The Trial (1925), and Amerika (1927). 

J. A. Underwood (translator; 1930–2018) was recognized by the Society of Authors for his translation of The Castle and has translated a wide variety of modern authors, among them Elias Canetti, Jean-Paul Sartre, Julien Green, and Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Idris Parry (introduction; 1916–2008) was a professor and scholar of modern German literature at the University of Manchester.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780241678916
ISBN-10: 0241678919
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English