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"The Trial" – What Is New?

Author(s): Łukasz Musiał
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Franz Kafka; The Trial; Polish translation; Bruno Schulz; Józefina Szelińska; anthroposophy; Rudolf Steiner; morphology of the folktale; Vladimir Propp; comparative mythology; Joseph Campbell

Summary/Abstract: In the first part, the article discusses selected aspects of the history of the first Polishtranslation of F. Kafka’s novel The Trial, and indicates that numerous and significantchanges were introduced into it anonymously, starting from the first post-war issue in 1957.The author claims that in fact we are not dealing with one and the same translation, buta translation palimpsest. The second part of the article presents the interpretation ofThe Trial which states that while writing his novel Kafka considerably referred to theanthroposophical ideas included in the book How to Know Higher Worlds by RudolfSteiner, then regarding that it analyzes The Trial as a variant of a folktale (a mythical story)about a hero based on the findings of Vladimir Propp (Morphology of the Folktale) andJoseph Campbell (The Hero with Thousand Faces).

  • Issue Year: 455/2016
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 83-94
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish