The Castle

The Castle❰KINDLE❯ ❆ The Castle Author Franz Kafka – Bluevapours.co.uk Translated and with a preface by Mark HarmanLeft unfinished by Kafka in and not published until , two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K s relentless, unavailing struggle wit Translated and with a preface by Mark HarmanLeft unfinished by Kafka inand not published until , two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to The Castle Scrupulously following the fluidity and breathlessness of the sparsely punctuated original manuscript, Mark Harman s new translation reveals levels of comedy, energy, and visual power, previously unknown to English language readers.

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the th century He was born to a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia presently the Czech Republic , Austria Hungary His unique body of writing much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously is considered to be among the most influential in Western literatureHis stories include The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony , while his novels are The Trial , The Castle and Amerika Kafka s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture one of his favorite authors was FlaubertKafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on June and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courtsKafka s writing attracted little attention until after his death During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a short novel Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod Dearest Max, my last request Everything I leave behind me in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters my own and others , sketches, and so on, is to be burned unread Brod overrode Kafka s wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them Brod had told him as much Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regardMax Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka s notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etcAll of Kafka s published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesensk , were written in German.

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  2. Lisa says:

    You misinterpret everything, even the silence If this was Homeros, the castle would be unattainable Ithaka If it was Borges, it would be a labyrinthine library full of books one can t read If it was Freud, it would be a nightmare in which the dreamer tries to reach a nonexistent goal.But it is Kafka, and therefore it is a bit of all those stories, told in a meticulously described fog As a symbol of life, it is depressing, and it leaves the reader to ponder what is worse spending one s tim You misinterpret everything, even the silence If this was Homeros, the castle would be unattainable Ithaka If it was Borges, it would be a labyrinthine library full of books one can t read If it was Freud, it would be a nightmare in which the dreamer tries to reach a nonexistent goal.But it is Kafka, and therefore it is a bit of all those stories, told in a meticulously described fog As a symbol of life, it is depressing, and it leaves the reader to ponder what is worse spending one s time fruitlessly trying to get access to the castle, or actually achieving the goal Life is what is happening in the meantime

  3. Fernando says:

    La calle, es decir la calle principal del pueblo, no llevaba al cerro del castillo, solamente conduc a hasta sus cercan as, y entonces, como adrede, se desviaba, y si bien no se alejaba de aquel, tampoco se acercaba m s.Los caminos kafkianos siempre son los m s dif ciles.La frase es m a pero lejos de creerme un fil sofo, creo que resume lo que El castillo representa Todo, absolutamente todo lo que le pasa a K en la novela se compone de futilidad, frustraci n, imposibilidad, fracaso El casti La calle, es decir la calle principal del pueblo, no llevaba al cerro del castillo, solamente conduc a hasta sus cercan as, y entonces, como adrede, se desviaba, y si bien no se alejaba de aquel, tampoco se acercaba m s.Los caminos kafkianos siempre son los m s dif ciles.La frase es m a pero lejos de creerme un fil sofo, creo que resume lo que El castillo representa Todo, absolutamente todo lo que le pasa a K en la novela se compone de futilidad, frustraci n, imposibilidad, fracaso El castillo, infranqueable, el pueblo al que tiene que adaptarse, los pobladores, funcionarios, y las mujeres con las que se involucra s lo logran que el desasosiego de K alcance l mites insospechados y, en cierta manera, va logrando en el lector los mismos sentimientos de desesperaci n Nadie colabora, todos entorpecen K se enreda en infinitos intentos que no conducen a nada La inaccesibilidad al castillo es tal, que todos los funcionarios, dependientes e incluso cocheros o criados conspiran en su contra Uno va leyendo en forma intrincada l nea tras l nea con dificultad, como en un camino escabroso, pero no porque la narrativa de Kafka sea inaccesible, sino porque la trama va arrinconando al lector hasta lograr que el estado de frustraci n sea compartido.Cabe destacar que los ambientes en los que se desarrolla El castillo son tambi n oscuros y opresivos, inaccesibles Todos tienen su grado de complejidad Las posadas, la escuela, las oficinas administrativas de acceso al castillo son algunos ejemplos claros.Pero adem s el castillo no es la t pica construcci n feudal, sino que se compone de distintos tipos casas, algunas de dos pisos, que forman una especie de aldea, que a la vez funciona como un gran pared n que separa a esa construcci n del resto del pueblo S lo un par de torres especialmente una se destacan por sobre el resto del conglomerado de construcciones.Todo conspira para que K no logre su cometido Debe tratar con ayudantes ineficientes e inoperantes que a que a m me da la impresi n, en primer lugar de que no poseen sus facultades mentales completas y de actuar como si fueran dos perros y no seres humanos, por la forma en la que K les ordena y ellos se chocan entre s , o se pelean para llegar primeros o se quedan esperando una orden , mensajeros inexpertos como Barnabas que incre blemente resume la nica esperanza de tener noticias del castillo y funcionarios que lo atienden desde la cama, como el Alcalde y B rgel y que traza un paralelo con El proceso , su otra novela, en la que Joseph K tiene que tratar los asuntos de su juicio con el abogado tambi n postrado en una cama La relaci n de K con las mujeres es dif cil, conflictiva y ambigua y traza un paralelismo con la vida del mism simo Kafka , tanto con Frieda, como con Olga, Amalia, Pepi y la Gardena, la mesonera De la misma manera se enreda Joseph K en El proceso con Leni, la secretaria del abogado, tiene una relaci n con Frieda, pero es deseado por Olga.Lo complican y detestan la mesonera, Pepi , lo seducen y celan Frieda , lo atraen Olga En ciertos pasajes intenta con Frieda conseguir, utilizando cualquier sortilegio, superar las trabas que le impiden llegar desde bien abajo, al infranqueable castillo, pero es en vano.As fue en realidad la lucha del propio Kafka contra sus propios obst culos y debilidades un esfuerzo tit nico por superar las circunstancias que la vida le propuso y que a medias pudo franquear.Pero no s lo el castillo es inaccesible Si bien este simboliza el poder, la Divinidad , como supo definirlo su amigo y albacea Max Brod, del mismo modo son inaccesibles sus funcionarios, como es el caso de Klamm, tal vez el m s importante de todos y sobre el que K., deposita todas sus esperanzas, pero al que nunca logra llegar a entrevistar personalmente Hasta en esto K est desamparado Todos los caminos se vuelven infinitos, laber nticos, como usualmente sucede en sus obras.Lo que diferencia a K., de Joseph K., de la novela El Proceso, es que aquel intenta entender por qu es perseguido y condenado por el sistema, mientras que este K va a su encuentro y trata de hacer infructuosos contactos Gran parte de lo que sucede en El Castillo demuestra lo absurda que puede resultarnos nuestra propia existencia, pero tambi n desnuda lo que fue para siempre la Ley para Franz Kafka, porque la Ley es el Dios de esta novela, como sucede tambi n en El proceso , en el cuento La condena en donde la ley patriarcal es la que manda y que lo relaciona directamente con su Carta al padre y hasta es elevado a un nivel supremo en esa gran par bola que se llama Ante la ley y que forma parte de El Proceso.Porque de eso se trata, y creo que siempre el elemento autobiogr fico se refleja en la obra de Kafka, dado que su vida contiene tambi n ciertos aspectos como los de K Su precaria salud, la enfermedad que lo termin matando, su trabajos en puestos completamente burocr ticos, su imposibilidad de llegar a casarse tanto con Felice Bauer y el imposible acercamiento a M lena Jesensk terminan impactando en su obra La vida misma de Kafka, lo emp rico se traslada a la ficci n.Kafka, al igual que Dostoievski logra hacerme reflexionar que muchas veces en la vida las cosas no son y puede que nunca sean como queremos y creo que de eso se trata el tratar de superar las adversidades que la vida nos plantea l nunca se plantea por qu no me voy , por qu no abandono todo esto y pruebo una nueva vida , sino todo lo contrario, quiere quedarse, establecerse porque no puede volver atr s rechazando la proposici n de Frieda mientras vive en una escuela, donde K., debe dejar su intento de trabajar como agrimensor para ser un simple bedel de escuela.Mientras que en las novelas de Fi dor Dostoievski la procesi n existencialista va por dentro del personaje para confrontarlo con la realidad y los dem s personajes, en las de Kafka las circunstancias, el entorno y todas las probabilidades conspiran en contra y a la inversa, perforando la conciencia del personaje para llegar, incluso, a paralizarlo El castillo es otra de las novelas inacabadas de Kafka junto a Am rica y El proceso Yo discrepo de los que dicen que El proceso es una novela sin terminar El que la ha le do sabe como termina Lo que no es inacabado en esa novela es la cantidad de interpretaciones que se han hecho de ella, pero la historia para m s tiene un final Con Am rica s podemos ver un final abierto El hecho de que Kafka no revisara o corrigiera sus novelas a fondo acrecienta esta condici n.En esta novela s sabemos que nunca la termin La dej inconclusa con una frase a medio terminarhablaba con dificultad, era dif cil comprenderla, pero lo que dijo, Ese final con una coma es lo que llamo un no final kafkiano, tan suyo y que refleja su particular manera de abordar la literatura Kafka desaf a al lector, le abre una puerta al infinito.Gran novela de Kafka Incomprendida tal vez, cr ptica, agobiante, densa o como quieran llamarla, pero que junto al resto de sus otras obras sigue erigiendo al inmortal autor checo como a uno de los m s geniales escritores que pisaron este planeta

  4. Fergus says:

    I have loved this superb novel for a very, very long time Perhaps you, too, have shrouded yourself in the endless folds of its inner mystery and adventure and lost yourself within it But WHY does it always seem to us so frustrating So unsatisfying in the end Is it because the Land Surveyor never gets to his Castle Well maybe there s a DEEPER reason why he never arrives something endemic to the functioning or malfunctioning, of our ordinary minds.Let s try to FIND OUT what it is.Now, I have loved this superb novel for a very, very long time Perhaps you, too, have shrouded yourself in the endless folds of its inner mystery and adventure and lost yourself within it But WHY does it always seem to us so frustrating So unsatisfying in the end Is it because the Land Surveyor never gets to his Castle Well maybe there s a DEEPER reason why he never arrives something endemic to the functioning or malfunctioning, of our ordinary minds.Let s try to FIND OUT what it is.Now, some writers and Kafka is one of them seem to catch us unawares as if they re calling out to us from a higher plane of existence Edwin Muir, the Scottish expatriate poet who first discovered Kafka for us anglophones in the 1930 s, was sure that the dear, misunderstood Franzel had an armlock on some Hidden Truth.But what if this key to Kafka is that he was caught in the complex to and fro ing of Hegel s Contrite Consciousness the tempestuous Ethical Plane of existence, according to Kierkegaard And what happens when the human mind morphs from the everyday sphere of living for the day to a scary Moral Sphere It can be like Freud s The Schreber Case After all, there s no justification for moral judgements in an amoral world, is there So we re automatically viewed as a stranger Once you take sides, Sonny, you re on your own The mind tends to play tricks on us at that pointAnd, once challenged and stopped dead in its tracks, the mind starts to replay its key judgements and obsessions ad infinitum, as Kafka does here almost in anticipation of Freud s example, Schreber but only neurotically, and not psychotically.But, hey you rise above the herd, and it ain t gonna be easy Let me put it from another angle did Frodo chicken out from his Quest Not on your life Though, like us, he retreated to the false comfort of his Ring now and then and paid for it heavily.Just as Kafka and Schreber take comfort in their obsessive disorders Though Frodo s fix is an dangerous narcissism Power.But Kafka IS calling us from a higher plane, because the Castle itself is theologically symbolic of a Higher Reality.Just as Mordor is the hobbits Armageddon and Gandalf is their Guardian Angel, along with the elfin folk.Even though that wonderful symbolic reality has now become shadowy and ungrounded in the crass garish light of the daily news, and though the common everyday folks now seem utterly self seeking making our Land Surveyor s reasoning utterly nonsensical to them, we now all have to live in an Upside Down Kingdom, the postmodern mindset.That s a fact of our lives for us modern ethically minded seekers for we Quixotes are now hopelessly pitted against powerful electronic windmills Okay, then Had Kafka lived longer, would he have written in a HAPPY ENDING for the poor Land Surveyor Would he have entered the Castle, finally I think so.Because all it takes is that one unforgettable moment when, at the end of all our wanderings, we hear the magical voice of the Woodthrush calling through the Fog That moment when it finally dawns on us that there s a much BIGGER story going on here than our own tiny story of dazed frustration as we trudge endlessly with the Land Surveyor through the snowdrifts of an Eastern European villageLike in Kafka s Amerika.The bigger story of Redemption.For it s not about us It s about something Bigger.Kafka made this clear in a short story called Before the Law only once surreptitiously published in his lifetime In Before the Law, a man ceases to believe, because he can t even believe in the Law So if he can t believe in the Gospel, he loses the right to enter through the Gate of Heaven.So the man always starts again And TRIES again And continually starts again at the beginning, simply because he now no longer believes.When it s time for him to die, the Gate is Closed Why Because he has given up trying, believing AND BEGINNING AGAIN In Amerika, though, Kafka comes to see that Salvation is a Free Gift.And it s only because he has given up hope completely, that the Gate the Castle or the Gift of Grace is Now closed to him.Until he starts over, but NOW it s too late.Or WOULD be too late WITHOUT GRACE For, to Kafka himself, at the end, Grace now ABOUNDEDHe now had kept his part of the bargain, always trying, no matter how hard it could be, to believe AND SO THE CASTLE GATES SWUNG OPEN

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    691 Das Schloss The Castle, Franz KafkaThe Castle German Das Schloss, also spelled Das Schlo is a 1926 novel by Franz Kafka In it a protagonist known only as K arrives in a village and struggles to gain access to the mysterious authorities who govern it from a castle Kafka died before finishing the work, but suggested it would end with K dying in the village, the castle notifying him on his death bed that his legal claim to live in the village was not valid, yet, taking certain auxil 691 Das Schloss The Castle, Franz KafkaThe Castle German Das Schloss, also spelled Das Schlo is a 1926 novel by Franz Kafka In it a protagonist known only as K arrives in a village and struggles to gain access to the mysterious authorities who govern it from a castle Kafka died before finishing the work, but suggested it would end with K dying in the village, the castle notifying him on his death bed that his legal claim to live in the village was not valid, yet, taking certain auxiliary circumstances into account, he was permitted to live and work there Dark and at times surreal, The Castle is often understood to be about alienation, unresponsive bureaucracy, the frustration of trying to conduct business with non transparent, seemingly arbitrary controlling systems, and the futile pursuit of an unobtainable goal 1976 1340 301 20 1373 442 1376 1392 1388 427 1396 411 9786008755173

  6. فؤاد says:

    This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object

  7. George says:

    I m re reading The Castle 10 years later with older,patient eyes and it s proving to be a wonderful time, especially with the new translation The Eighth Chapter of The Castle is, perhaps, some of the most beautifully composed writing in all of modern literature The new translation adds a dreamy, sudden stillness and frightening sense of desolate open space in Kafka s work which is better known for his breathless, claustophobic style of writing and description This feeling was lost and I m re reading The Castle 10 years later with older,patient eyes and it s proving to be a wonderful time, especially with the new translation The Eighth Chapter of The Castle is, perhaps, some of the most beautifully composed writing in all of modern literature The new translation adds a dreamy, sudden stillness and frightening sense of desolate open space in Kafka s work which is better known for his breathless, claustophobic style of writing and description This feeling was lost and never captured in the previous, original translations which used archaic even for kafka s time english words from Kafka s odd german Punctuation and syntax and grammer and phrasing that Kafka never used or put in were added in the old translations All of that has been stripped away and the purest form of Kafka s German in English is now available While still not the same as the actual German, it s very close and very true to his real style Kafka is, without argument, regarded as one of the greats of 20th century literature, and The Castle the third installment of Kafka s alluded brothers trilogy, with Amerika The Trial being the other two is the purest example of what makes him great Within this amazing book that was never finished and thus has no ending, is The Eighth Chapter , a small chapter so heart wrenchingly beautiful I had to read it twice before moving on to the next chapter.It is a hard book to begin as a starter into Kafka, and perhaps not even suggested as a starter regardless Following his own writing path would be highly valuable, reading through the new critical translations of Amerika and The Trial, as well as his short stories the hunger artist, the sons, the penal colony, the metamorphosis , will grant a greater appreciation when undertaking The Castle

  8. Nandakishore Varma says:

    It was the start of the year when NK picked up The Castle by Kafka, a book he had tried to read a lot of times but failed in the past but now he was full of a new resolution that he will finish it this time He had hardly read a few pages, however, when his wife called him We need to withdraw some money from the bank, she said There are a lot of bills to be paid, and some of them are long overdue Can t we do it online NK grumbled No, said his wife The grocer and the vegetable pe It was the start of the year when NK picked up The Castle by Kafka, a book he had tried to read a lot of times but failed in the past but now he was full of a new resolution that he will finish it this time He had hardly read a few pages, however, when his wife called him We need to withdraw some money from the bank, she said There are a lot of bills to be paid, and some of them are long overdue Can t we do it online NK grumbled No, said his wife The grocer and the vegetable peddler do not carry card swiping machines NK set off to the bank, annoyed.At the bank, he tried to withdraw money, first from the ATM, and when that proved unsuccessful, from the bank personally but the teller told him I am afraid there is a technical issue, sir, you Aadhar number which is linked your account has some problem, so I am unable to complete the transaction Oh, said NK What is the problem I can t see that from here, sir, said the teller I think you will have to log in to the site with your ID and check yourself Can I do it from here NK asked No sir, our bank policy prevents us from allowing outsiders to use our computers I am sorry, sir The teller replied.NK returned home Got the money asked his wife No There is a problem with my Aadhar number and I need to correct it online NK said His wife replied Well, you can t do it from here There is a power shutdown until the evening I will do it on my laptop, NK said and went to his office room But the laptop would not power up he suddenly remembered that the battery was dead and had to be replaced He called his computer serviceman I guess you will have to bring it here, sir, said that gentleman Today all my assistants are on leave and there is no one to send Accordingly NK went outside to catch an auto rickshaw.He was standing on the roadside for quite some time without success, when a neighbour chanced by What are you waiting for he asked An auto, said NK Well, you won t get any today There s a lightning bandh declared by one of the political parties, the Congress, BJP or CPI M , I don t know which, to protest against a killing somewhere in the North Said the neighbour Well, in that case I better go home, NK said The neighbour concurred.By this time it had grown quite dark NK wondered where the day had gone As he went into his office room, he saw The Castle lying unread on his table I will definitely read it tomorrow, he said

  9. Sonky says:

    Honestly, I quit.It was too, how do I say it Kafkaesque But am I greater than the writer himself No Kafka quit too and just as mid sentence as I only later in the text Evidently, he died of tedium Thank goodness I stopped before Kafka s work killed me too.I was not enriched by the petty squabbles of German Czech villagers and the gyrating evasions of bureaucrats worshiped in detail by said squabbling villagers I didn t like the protagonist I couldn t even admire K for not liking K Honestly, I quit.It was too, how do I say it Kafkaesque But am I greater than the writer himself No Kafka quit too and just as mid sentence as I only later in the text Evidently, he died of tedium Thank goodness I stopped before Kafka s work killed me too.I was not enriched by the petty squabbles of German Czech villagers and the gyrating evasions of bureaucrats worshiped in detail by said squabbling villagers I didn t like the protagonist I couldn t even admire K for not liking K.self.I think at the time and place of its writing, it was somehow valuable to use The Castle, pointing out in surrealism the satirible qualities of the bureaucracy and peasantry.The value The Castle has to offer here and now is not worth the attention required to read it Kafka is upside down in his book

  10. Kostas Papadatos says:

    , , , , , ,, , ,, , , , , ,, , ,,, ,, Grand Canyon, KafkaThanks for nothing Franz

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