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- Full Title: The Trial
- When Written: 1914-1915
- Where Written: Prague
- When Published: 1925
- Literary Period: World War I
- Genre: Absurdism/Expressionism/Existentialism
- Setting: An unspecified city, likely in central Europe, in the early 1900s
- Climax: Josef’s confrontation with the prison chaplain in the cathedral
- Antagonist: The Law
- Point of View: Third-person limited omniscient narrator
Kafka on Screen. In 1962, The Trial was adapted into a movie by the legendary director Orson Welles. Some notable departures from the book include the use of dynamite in Josef K.’s execution.
Kafka in Space. Kafka’s accomplishments are literally out of this world: the author is the namesake of the asteroid 3412 Kafka, discovered in 1983.