Franz Kafka: Das Urteil [The Judgment]

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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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Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Das Urteil". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2006
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]