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The Castle

Words by David Zane Mairowitz

Art by Jaromír 99

Paperback with flaps, 144 pp, $19.95

"Life in the Castle is not for me. I want to stay free."
"You don't know the Castle."

When a land surveyor, known only as 'K.', is summoned to the Village, he is forced to negotiate an obscure hierarchy – among assistants and messengers, chambermaids and landladies, masters and… mistresses. But how is he to receive his instructions from the Castle when no one knows what his employer looks like, telephones ring unanswered and there is anyway no land to survey? A piercing study in futility, Franz Kafka's final masterpiece ends – much like life itself – mid-sentence.

David Zane Mairowitz

David Zane Mairowitz is an author, playwright, radio director and translator. As a professional freelance writer for 40 years, he has collaborated on numerous books, including the successful Introducing Kafka (with Robert Crumb), Introducing Camus and Wilhelm Reich for Beginners. His plays for the theatre include a critically acclaimed theatrical version of Kafka's The Trial. His articles have appeared in Harper's, Vogue, Plays and Players, The Village Voice, The Progressive and The Sunday Times. His short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, including Partisan Review, New Directions and the prestigious Penguin Modern Stories. For the past 25 years, he has produced radio dramas and documentaries in over 20 European countries and for the BBC, winning various international radio prizes. He lives and works in France and Berlin.

Jaromír 99

Jaromír 99 is a Czech singer, songwriter and artist who is best known for his work with Jaroslav Rudis on the comics trilogy Alois Nebel. Alois Nebel was turned into an animated feature of the same name that premiered to great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival and was selected as the Czech entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011. In 2012, Alois Nebel won Best Animated Feature prize at the European Academy Film Awards. Jaromír 99 lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.

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"Engrossing and fascinating, both in Mairowitz's adapted prose and Jaromír 99's art. While some may find a 'comic book' adaptation of the last unfinished work of one of the 20th century's most esteemed authors to be something of an anathema, this is no more so than any other adaptation and is, in fact, much less so because of the skill of the writing and the art."
— Pop Matters
"Brilliantly conjures the atmosphere of Kafka's last, unfinished novel."
— Financial Times