Avon, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1975. Item #03673
"Arrested and Prosecuted by a Remote, Inaccessible Authority…"
KAFKA, Franz. The Trial. Translated from the German by Willa and Edwin Muir. With an introduction by Erich Heller and illustrations by Alan E. Cober. Avon, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1975.
Limited to 2,000 copies signed by Alan E. Cober, this being no. 524.
Quarto ( 9 7/16 x7 3/8 inches; 239 x 190 mm.). 268 pp. Ten full-page color plates by Alan E. Cober and numerous black & white drawings in the text.
Publisher's full red oasis grain leather stamped, front cover and spine stamped in gilt and blind. A fine copy housed in the publisher's black cloth slipcase with red lettering label on spine.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of twentieth-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. His best known works include Die Verwandlung ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those in his writing.
The Trial, tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. Heavily influenced by Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Kafka even went so far as to call Dostoevsky a blood relative. Like Kafka's other novels, The Trial was never completed, although it does include a chapter which brings the story to an end.
Alan E. Cober (1935-1998) was an American illustrator. His artwork appeared in The New York Times, Life, and Time. His drawings of institutionalized people (prisoners, the mentally disabled and the elderly) were compiled into a book called The Forgotten Society which was also published in 1975.
Limited Editions Club Bibliography, 495.