The Castle

Franz Kafka

Introduced by John Sutherland
Illustrated by Bill Bragg

Kafka's final novel, an unfinished masterpiece, tells the story of K., a land surveyor, and his struggles to gain admittance to the Castle ...

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The Castle

'Thank you for the sumptuous edition of The Castle. I'm proud to have a small part in such a lovely volume. The illustrations, as always, enrich immensely.'
John Sutherland, introducer of Kafka’s The Castle
Unsettling, thought-provoking, yet with frequent flashes of humour, Kafka's novels have left an indelible mark on modern literature.

The Castle, Kafka's final novel, is about a man who is caught between two types of society, both equally alienating. The protagonist K., a land surveyor, has been summoned to a castle, located in a snowy nowhere-land. Yet the castle is closed to him and there is no record of him being summoned – his entire presence there, it seems, is due to a bureaucratic error. The count who sent the summons is never seen; the castle is filled with clerks filing documents, issuing diktats and seducing the women of the village. K. seems doomed to remain an outsider in the village and yet is excluded from the castle. In his introduction to this edition, John Sutherland observes that Kafka was the first, and greatest, writer to dramatise the shift in European society from feudal, familial ‘community’ (the village) to rational ‘bureaucracy’ (the castle).

This Folio Society edition is illustrated by Bill Bragg. It uses the acclaimed translation by Mark Harman, based on the original manuscript and hailed by J.M. Coetzee as 'the translation of preference for some time to come.'

Also available: Amerika and Metamorphosis and Other Stories

Production Details

The Castle book
  • Introduced by John Sutherland
  • Bound in paper, printed with a design by Bill Bragg
  • Set in Elysium
  • Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
  • Book size: 9” x 61/4”, 336 pages


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Review by franzmallalieu on 4th Jan 2017

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 4/5

Review by anon on 12th Feb 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"I bought all 3 Kafka novels from the Folio Society,The Castle being the last I read.All I can say is that I wouldn't enjoy Kafka so much if I had not read his novels in Folio editions.Although Amerika..." [read more]

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