The Trial (German: Der Process), is a novel written by Franz Kafka between 1914 and 1915 and
published posthumously on 26th April 1925. One of his best-known works, it tells the story of
Josef K., a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature
of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. Heavily influenced by Dostoevsky's Crime
and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Kafka even went so far as to call Dostoevsky
a blood relative. Like Kafka's other novels, The Trial was never completed, although it
does include a chapter which appears to bring the story to an intentionally abrupt ending.