- Utgivare : Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged utgåvan (1 September 2008)
- Språk : Engelska
- ISBN-10 : 143324649X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433246494
- Läsarålder : 14 - 18 år
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century, was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague. His unique body of writing, much of which is incomplete and was mainly published posthumously, is considered by some people to be among the most influential in Western literature, inspiring such writers as Albert Camus, Rex Warner, and Samuel Beckett.
Breon Mitchell is a professor of Germanic studies and comparative literature and the director of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. He was awarded the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for his translation of Uwe Timm's Morenga in 2004.
Ralph Cosham (1936-2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named "Audio Best of the Year" by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery.
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I did some quick research on the Internet and found that the novel is commonly read as a religious parable. I think that my reading is compatible with that in that the world of the early 20th century in which Kafka lived was much more dominated by religious institutors and thought than the world today. In that era, it was the establishment of religion, the institutional churches, that controlled the levers of government and the power of social mores. Similar social forces operate today. The power of the churches is still present but has diminished and is confined to certain groups of believers. Competing social forces create their own strictures to promote the pervasive social control to which K. was subjected.