The Trial (Graphic Novel Edition) (Illustrated Classics)

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“Someone must have been slandering Joseph K, because one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was suddenly arrested.”

The Trial is a graphic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s famous novel, illustrated by one of France’s leading graphic artists, Chantal Montellier. Montellier brilliantly captures both the menace and the humor of Kafka’s utterly unique masterwork. This darkly humorous tale follows Joseph K, who is arrested one morning for unexplained reasons and forced to struggle against an absurd judicial ...

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Overview

“Someone must have been slandering Joseph K, because one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was suddenly arrested.”

The Trial is a graphic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s famous novel, illustrated by one of France’s leading graphic artists, Chantal Montellier. Montellier brilliantly captures both the menace and the humor of Kafka’s utterly unique masterwork. This darkly humorous tale follows Joseph K, who is arrested one morning for unexplained reasons and forced to struggle against an absurd judicial process. K finds himself thrown from one disorientating encounter to the next as he becomes increasingly desperate to prove his innocence in the face of unknown charges. In its stark portrayal of an authoritarian bureaucracy trampling over the lives of its estranged citizens, The Trial is as relevant today as ever.

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Publishers Weekly

In Kafka's famed story, bank clerk Joseph K is arrested for a crime that didn't take place and put on a trial that never occurs. This faithful graphic novel adaptation depicts not just the comical, nightmarish and absurdist themes explored by Kafka but also his gravitation to and mistrust of women. Artist Montellier's heavy shadows cast The Trial in a dark world framed with detailed embellishments that spill out of panels, creating a dreamlike (albeit a nightmare) quality. The surreal feeling of the story, and Kafka's absurdist view of reality, make this adaptation a dense read, full of strange imagery and, overall, a bit overwhelming. Although a clear, visual rendering of the feeling kafkaesque, a new, grotesque element is added with every scene, making it difficult to digest the events of the plot. Likely good supplemental reading to Kafka's actual novel, this graphic novel may serve as a useful entry point to his writing for teachers and librarians. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411415911
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: Sterling Illustrated Classics Series
  • Edition description: Graphic Novel Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 449,923
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    A Life Parable

    Joseph K is a man destined to be found guilty. Of course, he has no idea what he is guilty of. Kafka tells a story that is a metaphor of the prison that life is. We can accept our fates, our we can deny them. Either way, time goes on and we will all come to an end one way or another. Growing up as a Jew, Kafka knows what it is like to be persecuted for no reason, as he assimilates in the protagonist. A good philosophical text that can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

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