This is an interesting and insightful commentary upon Kafka's The Trial . It comes with what I interpret as a "Russian" overview. Which is fair enough, as Kafka was prescient about the type of totalitarian regime which still holds sway in that vast country. [DE]
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“The Trial” by Franz Kafka
by Dmitry Kharitonov
There are books so perfect – sometimes in an odd or even twisted way – that everything about them seems appropriate. Sometimes it’s nothing but uncanny, especially when a book reveals a lot about the world we live in as human beings, and even more so when it reveals – or should I say, represents –something really disturbing. “The Trial” by Franz Kafka was published in 1925 although it had been written in 1915.
“Written” may not be the right word here, though, because Kafka did neither finish this novel nor even arrange chapters in any logical order, which actually makes sense considering that he didn’t want any of his work published on his death. Everything was left to his friend Max Brod who was supposed to burn it unread, which he didn’t to. Instead, he rearranged “The Trial” chapters for the sake of coherence, but the story of a man arrested for some unknown reason by some people representing some authority still remains a terrible riddle.