On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed. A traveler known only as K. is promised a job as Land-Surveyor by officials of the Castle. But when K. arrives in town to claim his position, he learns that owing to a clerical error, his services aren't needed after all. Seeking an explanation, K. endures increasingly frustrating setbacks as he strives in vain to simply make contact with someone-anyone-from the Castle. Saturated with absurdist humor, this haunting novel has fascinated and puzzled readers throughout the world. Some critics praise it as the century's great religious parable, while others interpret it as indisputably antireligious. Critically acclaimed narrator George Guidall sheds light on this dreamlike tale, illuminating the limitless nuances of Kafka's writing.
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by Franz Kafka
by John Dos Passos
by John Steinbeck
by Marcel Proust
"George Guidall's reading is both disconcerting and comforting. Comforting, because he reads as Kafka surely wrote, with all the assurance and bravado that K, his protagonist, shows throughout. Disconcerting because, also like K, we haven't the slightest idea what is happening. As K wanders between the village and the inn, struggling to contact someone from the castle, neither he nor we can make sense of the difficulties he encounters. The listener, however, is swept along by the magic of the reader. "Guidall understands," we tell ourselves. He is in control, and, because he is, we can accept that we are not. The characters--Barnabas, the landlady, Frieda--dance in his vocal grip and become transparent vehicles of Kafka's sarcasm and humor. What fun. The Castle, like life, is as impenetrable as ever, but somehow that doesn't seem to matter. Guidall's reading is so faithful to Kafka that the book becomes less a puzzle than a mirror, illuminating the world around us. P.E.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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