The Castle by Franz Kafka [DEFINITIVE EDITION PAPERBACK] 1974 • Vintage Books • Rare Cover!

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The Castle by Franz Kafka translated by Willa and Edwin Muir


First US definitive edition of this particular translation,  w/ rare abstract folk-art cover design by Carin Goldberg. 

Book is in very good condition.   Cover shows some wear to edges; some tan spots on rear cover.   Reads good as new; clean unmarked pages with little signs of use.

Arriving in a village to take up the position of land surveyor for the mysterious lord of a castle, the character known as K. finds himself in a bitter and baffling struggle to contact his new employer and go about his duties. As the villagers and the Castle officials block his efforts at every turn, K.’s consuming quest–quite possibly a self-imposed one–to penetrate the inaccessible heart of the Castle and take its measure is repeatedly frustrated. Kafka once suggested that the would-be surveyor in The Castle is driven by a wish “to get clear about ultimate things,” an unrealizable desire that provided the driving force behind all of Kafka’s dazzlingly uncanny fictions.   Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir