Author: Franz Kafka
In einer Winternacht gelangt der Landvermesser K. in ein Dorf, das von den Beamten eines mysteriösen Schlosses oberhalb der Stadt beherrscht wird. Die Dorfbewohner begegnen K. mit Misstrauen. Rätselhafte und widersprüchliche Auskünfte behindern K.s Bemühen, einen Weg zum Schloss zu finden. K. behauptet, er sei von den Schlossbeamten als Landvermesser ins Dorf bestellt worden. Vergeblich versucht K. in den folgenden sieben Tagen, ins Schloss vorzudringen. Er kommt nicht voran. Alle Versuche K.s führen ihn im Kreis zum Ausgangspunkt zurück. Tage und Nächte scheinen immer schneller zu verlaufen. K.s Kräfte schwinden. Franz Kafka lässt für seinen letzten Roman »Das Schloss« von 1922 breiten Interpretationsspielraum. »Das Schloss« provozierte eine Vielzahl psychologischer, soziologischer und theologischer Deutungsversuche. Die unerreichbare Machtinstanz auf dem Schlossberg wurde als manipulativer Staat, Gottheit, Symbol des Lebenssinns und vieles mehr ausgelegt. Gerade, indem Franz Kafka in »Das Schloss« keinen eindeutigen Sinngehalt anbot, legte er den Grundstein für die andauernde Faszination des Romans weit über die Grenzen der Literatur hinaus.
Author: Franz Kafka
Category: Literary Criticism
Symbolsk roman om det ensomme, ufri menneskes kamp for at nå anerkendelse og fuldkommenhed.
Author: M. W. Thompson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Examines the rise of the castle from its European origins in the tenth century to c.1400.
A New Translation Based on the Restored Text
Author: Franz Kafka
Translated and with a preface by Mark Harman Left unfinished by Kafka in 1922 and not published until 1926, two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K.’s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to the Castle. Scrupulously following the fluidity and breathlessness of the sparsely punctuated original manuscript, Mark Harman’s new translation reveals levels of comedy, energy, and visual power previously unknown to English language readers.
Author: Paul Mason
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Two abandoned children make their home in a castle - which turns out to be haunted by the Duke of Wellington! The ghost is a particularly determined spook who helps them hide from the castle's caretaker. But when developers want to turn their home into a spa, everyone who loves the castle must band together to save the day. Comic ghostly fun for newly confident readers aged 8+ and those looking for a fast, fun read.
Author: Donna Ball
The author of the Ladybug Farm series delivers an exhilarating new novel of a middle-aged woman who follows her heart to love and happiness. When a dashing French poet swept forty-something workaholic Sara Graves off her feet, she did something completely unexpected: She married him. Then three weeks later he died, leaving her a house she can't afford to keep in a country she's never been to. Traveling to France to settle the estate, Sara is shocked to discover that her husband wasn't the impoverished poet he claimed to be- and that the estate he left her is a 400-year-old crumbling castle in the Loire Valley. Now Sara must sell Chateau Rondelais before it (not to mention her late husband's disarmingly handsome lawyer and best friend) makes her question her decision to leave-and opens her heart to change and all its unexpected possibilities.
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: A&C Black
A magical castle with a life of its own . . . and a plucky princess who will defend it at all cost. The first book in an enchanting adventure series from a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author.
Author: Dodie Smith
Publisher: Random House
'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time.
From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
Author: Matthew Johnson
In this engaging book Matthew Johnson looks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle Ages. Traditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence, and as statements of wealth or power or both. By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants, Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point. He shows how castles functioned as stage-settings against which people played out roles of lord and servant, husband and wife, father and son. Building, rebuilding and living in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval art. Behind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive. Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles.
The Myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948
Author: Andrea Orzoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Political Science
After World War I, diplomats and leaders at the Paris Peace Talks redrew the map of Europe, carving up ancient empires and transforming Europe's eastern half into new nation-states. Drawing heavily on the past, the leaders of these young countries crafted national mythologies and deployed them at home and abroad. Domestically, myths were a tool for legitimating the new state with fractious electorates. In Great Power capitals, they were used to curry favor and to compete with the mythologies and propaganda of other insecure postwar states. The new postwar state of Czechoslovakia forged a reputation as Europe's democratic outpost in the East, an island of enlightened tolerance amid an increasingly fascist Central and Eastern Europe. In Battle for the Castle, Andrea Orzoff traces the myth of Czechoslovakia as an ideal democracy. The architects of the myth were two academics who had fled Austria-Hungary in the Great War's early years. Tom?as Garrigue Masaryk, who became Czechoslovakia's first president, and Edvard Benes, its longtime foreign minister and later president, propagated the idea of the Czechs as a tolerant, prosperous, and cosmopolitan people, devoted to European ideals, and Czechoslovakia as a Western ally capable of containing both German aggression and Bolshevik radicalism. Deeply distrustful of Czech political parties and Parliamentary leaders, Benes and Masaryk created an informal political organization known as the Hrad or "Castle." This powerful coalition of intellectuals, journalists, businessmen, religious leaders, and Great War veterans struggled with Parliamentary leaders to set the country's political agenda and advance the myth. Abroad, the Castle wielded the national myth to claim the attention and defense of the West against its increasingly hungry neighbors. When Hitler occupied the country, the mythic Czechoslovakia gained power as its leaders went into wartime exile. Once Czechoslovakia regained its independence after 1945, the Castle myth reappeared. After the Communist coup of 1948, many Castle politicians went into exile in America, where they wrote the Castle myth of an idealized Czechoslovakia into academic and political discourse. Battle for the Castle demonstrates how this founding myth became enshrined in Czechoslovak and European history. It powerfully articulates the centrality of propaganda and the mass media to interwar European cultural diplomacy and politics, and the tense, combative atmosphere of European international relations from the beginning of the First World War well past the end of the Second.
Author: Kathryn Hinds
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Describes daily life in the castles of Europe from the year 500 to 1500.
Author: Oliver Pötzsch
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
Ein junge Burgherrin, die um das Erbe ihrer Familie kämpft ... Der Sohn eines Burgschmieds, der von Freiheit und Gleichheit träumt ... 1524. Die deutschen Lande werden von den Bauernkriegen zerrissen. Dem Adel droht der Verlust der Macht, dem Volk Hunger und Tod. Die Herrschaft Kaiser Karls V. ist in Gefahr. Da stoßen Agnes, die Herrin der mächtigen Burg Trifels, und Mathis, der Sohn des Burgschmieds, auf ein Geheimnis, das über die Zukunft der Krone entscheiden wird. Bestsellerautor Oliver Pötzsch hat einen großen Roman über die legendäre Burg der Staufer geschrieben. Der Trifels: Hort vieler Legenden und Schlüssel zum Kaiserthron.
A Gothic Novel
Author: Horace Walpole
Publisher: The Floating Press
Widely considered the first gothic novel, and indeed an initiator of the whole genre, The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. It tells the tale of the lord of a castle, Manfred, and his family. Manfred's son Conrad is about to be married to princess Isabella, but Conrad is killed; crushed to death by the fall of a huge helmet from above. In light of an ancient prophesy, this tragic event is especially ominous.
Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art
Author: Ga.) Arts Festival of Atlanta (1996 Atlanta
Publisher: MIT Press
This book addresses one of the most troubling questions of contemporary art theory and practice: Who is contemporary art for? Although the divide between contemporary art and the public has long been acknowledged, this is the first time that artists, critics, and the public have come together to debate the problem and to make artmaking, criticism, and public reaction part of the same process. Like the exhibitions, discussions, and seminars held at "The Castle" during the summer 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, this book is based on the premise that contemporary artists and the general public have something to say to each other. By positing the space of "conversation" as one in which artworks can be experienced as creative sites open to multilayered interpretations by changing audiences, the book provides an antidote to the modernist connoisseurial silence that has long been used to define quality. The book is divided into three sections. The first contains essays by project curator Mary Jane Jacob, critic and coeditor Michael Brenson, and cultural critic Homi K. Bhabha. Their essays describe fresh approaches to contemporary art and its audiences at a time of increased access through technology and decreased government funding. The second section contains essays by the six artists/collaborative teams involved in the project. Their works, aimed at public participation, included installation-performances, collaborations with Atlanta communities, cross-country tours, and the creation and presentation of food as a means to stimulate conversation and construct community. The artists are: artway of thinking (Italy), Ery Camara (Senegal/Mexico), Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg (Brazil/Switzerland), Regina Frank (Germany), IRWIN (Slovenia), and Maurice O'Connell (Ireland).The final section contains seven essays by the critics, curators, educators, administrators, and artists who led the "Conversations on Culture" at The Castle. The essays are by Jacquelynn Baas, Michael Brenson, Lisa Graziose Corrin, Amina Dickerson and Tricia Ward, Steven Durland, Susan Krane, and Susan Vogel.
Author: Sigrid Heuck
Publisher: [Willowdale, Ont.] : Annick Press
A rare white owl who has always lived in a cage in a travelling circus is bought by the gardener at a nearby castle, who lets her out of her cage in the attic to scare the mice.
The Personnel of English and Welsh Castles, 1272-1422
Author: John Rickard
Publisher: Boydell Press
A general overview of function, location and developments in castles prefaces fully-referenced lists of constables and their role over 150 years.
Author: George Lamming
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
George Lamming's "In the Castle of My Skin" skilfully depicts the Barbadian psyche. Set against the backdrop of the 1930s riots which helped to pave the way for Independence and the modern Barbados, through the eyes of a young boy, Lamming portrays the social, racial, political and urban struggles with which Barbados continues to grapple even with some thirty-three years of Political Independence from Britain.