The Castle has been adapted by writer David Zane Mairowitz, who also adapted Kafka’s The Trial, and drawn by Czech artist Jaromír 99.
The novel delineates The Castle’s tale in an eerie crisp monochrome with a style recalling traditional paper-cut techniques.
It’s an interesting contrast to the narrative twists and turns, which conspire to create a surreal, perplexing text.
Thankfully, the picture-led treatment simplifies things rather, though the tale remains a shadowy one, drawing on Kafka’s familiar motifs of bureaucracy, alienation and confusion.
As with other novels, including America, Kafka left The Castle unfinished, having succumbed to tuberculosis before the story was concluded.
However, debate still rages as to whether Kakfa had any intention of ever finishing The Castle, and the novel ends mid-sentence.
Helpfully, Mairowitz and Jaromír 99’s graphic novel take on The Castle expresses this rather literally – a stark black illustration of a hand, frozen mid sentence graces the final page, with minute text reading, ‘Kafka’s text stops here.’
The Castle is available now priced £12.99 published by SelfMadeHero