A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an
ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a
crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to
him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a
regular basis--an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever
resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal
life--including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady
and a young woman who lives next door--becomes increasingly
unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in
accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.
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He could have taken it all as a joke, a big joke set up by his
colleagues at the bank for some unknown reason, or also perhaps
because today was his thirtieth birthday, it was all possible of
course, maybe all he had to do was laugh in the policemen's face in
some way and they would laugh with him, maybe they were tradesmen
from the corner of the street, they looked like they might be - but
he was nonetheless determined, ever since he first caught sight of
the one called Franz, not to lose any slight advantage he might
have had over these people.
If I had got up as soon as I was awake without letting myself
get confused because Anna wasn't there, if I'd got up and paid no
regard to anyone who might have been in my way and come straight to
you, if I'd done something like having my breakfast in the kitchen
as an exception, asked you to bring my clothes from my room, in
short, if I had behaved sensibly then nothing more would have
happened, everything that was waiting to happen would have been
There were many who thought it must be very important for K. to
find Lanz the joiner and thought long about it, naming a joiner who
was not called Lanz or giving a name that had some vague similarity
with Lanz, or they asked neighbours or accompanied K. to a door a
long way away where they thought someone of that sort might live in
the back part of the building or where someone would be who could
advise K. better than they could themselves.
Well, he came anyway, we were having a peaceful chat, as far as
I was able when I'm so weak, and although we hadn't told Leni she
mustn't let anyone in as we weren't expecting anyone, we still
would rather have remained alone, but then along came you, Albert,
thumping your fists on the door, the office director moved over
into the corner pulling his table and chair with him, but now it
turns out we might have, that is, if that's what you wish, we might
have something to discuss with each other and it would be good if
we can all come back together again. - Office director ...,"" he
said with his head on one side, pointing with a humble smile to an
armchair near the bed.
Instead of which there were just more hearings, and most of them
went through the same things anyway; I had all the answers off pat
like in a church service; there were messengers from the court
coming to me at work several times a week, or they came to me at
home or anywhere else they could find me; and that was very
disturbing of course (but at least now things are better in that
respect, it's much less disturbing when they contact you by
telephone), and rumours about my trial even started to spread among
some of the people I do business with, and especially my relations,
so I was being made to suffer in many different ways but there was
still not the slightest sign that even the first hearing would take
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