The Castle (unabridged)
A land-surveyor, known only as K., arrives at a small village permanently covered in snow and dominated by a castle to which access seems permanently denied. K.’s attempts to discover why he has been called constantly run up against the peasant villagers, who are in thrall to the absurd bureaucracy that keeps the castle shut, and the rigid hierarchy of power among the self-serving bureaucrats themselves. But in this strange wilderness, there is passion, tenderness and considerable humour. Darkly bizarre, this complex book was the last novel by one of the 20th century’s greatest and most influential writers.
Audiobook Details:Author: Franz Kafka and David Whiting (Translator)
Read by: Allan Corduner
Audiobook Type: unabridged
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Running time (hh:mm:ss): 13:04:46
Download size: 189 MB
About the Reader
Allan Corduner?s distinguished acting career spans more than thirty years. He is currently filming Defiance with Daniel Craig, directed by Edward Zwick. His theatre work includes the critically acclaimed Two Thousand Years at the National Theatre, The Comedians at the Acorn Theatre in New York, F*cking Games at the Royal Court, and Caryl Churchill?s Serious Money at the Royal Court, which later transferred to Broadway. Radio credits include Insignificance, Dr Freud Will See You Now, The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui (all for BBC Radio 4) and The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin.
Reviews for this Audiobook:
This novel-length parable by the brilliant master of existential angst Franz Kafka was published posthumously in 1926. Our hero, K. (pronounced 'Kah' in this recording), enters a small village ready to assume duties as municipal surveyor. He finds that the mysterious, bureaucratic, and wilful denizens of the nearby castle exercise absolute and self-serving rule over the precincts, and choose to throw obstacle after obstacle in his path. At times humorous and always nightmarish, this unfinished existential parable, while already powerful on the page, gains additional potency from British actor-director Allan Corduner's spot-on narration. He treats the shocking and bizarre with matter-of-fact cool while breathing life into the dramatis personae. Through his efforts we feel K's humiliation and alienation, and it makes us shiver.
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