The work of Kafka [...] has been subjected to a mass
ravishment by [...] armies of interpreters.
(Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation, 1963)
According to the author, “Das Urteil”
[“The Judgment”] was written during the night of 22nd /
23rd September 1912. The text marks the beginning of
Franz Kafka's first productive period as a writer and was first
published in: Arkadia. Ein Jahrbuch für
Dichtkunst [Arcadia. A Yearbook for Poetry.
Leipzig 1913] under the editorship of Kafka's friend and mentor Max
Brod. It has been reprinted innumerable times and translated into
many languages. Innocuously subtitled “<…
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