(translation by Willa and Edwin Muir)
This is the first time I’ve read The Trial or Franz Kafka. It is a modernist era novel, allegorical, existential, and I'd say somewhat satirical. A precise time or place is never set, but a few clues suggest Northern Europe, early 20th century. Other elements are similarly vague such as the main character, Josef K., whom the omniscient narrator refers to simply as K. The lack of detail is probably an intentional device of the author to make the underlying meaning of the allegory relevant in any generation or culture
This novel satisfies square I4 of 2015 Classics Bingo: Translated Classic
Film Rendition: The 1962 film starring Anthony Perkins as Joseph K is a pretty faithful rendering. If anything it was even more maddening. I think if I had watched it without reading the book I would have been completely lost.