The Trial (original German title: Der Process,  later Der Prozess, Der Proceß and Der Prozeß) is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it 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 the reader.
In Kafka's famed story, bank clerk Joseph K is arrested for a crime that didn't take place and put on a trial that never occurs. This faithful graphic novel adaptation depicts not just the comical, nightmarish and absurdist themes explored by Kafka but also his gravitation to and mistrust of women. Artist Montellier's heavy shadows cast The Trial in a dark world framed with detailed embellishments that spill out of panels, creating a dreamlike (albeit a nightmare) quality. The surreal feeling of the story, and Kafka's absurdist view of reality, make this adaptation a dense read, full of strange imagery and, overall, a bit overwhelming. Although a clear, visual rendering of the feeling kafkaesque, a new, grotesque element is added with every scene, making it difficult to digest the events of the plot. Likely good supplemental reading to Kafka's actual novel, this graphic novel may serve as a useful entry point to his writing for teachers and librarians.
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Down with irony
The first review is either by a "professor" or a millennial hipster, or both.
It’s hard to understand how this book was considered one of the greatest of its era..... Opening this book was a daily battle. I’ve read college textbooks better than this. I really can’t overstate how bad this book is. Just a collection of over detail that really doesn’t tie into the story whatsoever. I usually have a high a turn around time on books but this one took me a couple of months because I dreaded reading it. If you’re thinking about reading this book, do yourself a favor and don’t. I’m elated to be done with it.