The Trial

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March 2008

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“In the end, the only thing is to accept the way things are. Above all, don’t call attention to yourself! Keep your mouth shut, however much this goes against your grain! Understand that this great legal system is in a state of delicate balance.”

The Trial, reinvented in this striking graphic novel, is the bleak tale of Joseph K – arrested one morning for unexplained reasons – struggling against a bewildering judicial process. K finds himself thrown from one disorientating encounter to the next, becoming increasingly desperate to prove his innocence in the face of unknown charges. In its stark portrait of an authoritarian bureaucracy trampling over the lives of its estranged citizens, The Trial is as relevant today as it has ever been.

“Artist Montellier’s heavy shadows cast
The Trial in a dark world framed with detailed embellishments that spill out of panels, creating a dreamlike (albeit a nightmare) quality. The surreal feeling of the story, and Kafka’s absurdist view of reality, make this adaptation a dense read, full of strange imagery...” – Publishers Weekly

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Paul Gravett

•Comics journalist and curator

“As bold type, jagged balloon shapes and other graphic elements collide and collage, Mairowitz and Montellier make their pages reverberate with symbolism and paranoia. This Trial is a triumph.”

The Guardian

•UK national newspaper

“An uncompromised success… It’s as much as anyone can expect from a graphic adaptation of a literary great.”

The Independent

•British newspaper

“One stone-cold gem, a creepy, elaborate and beautiful take on Kafka’s The Trial.”