Convicted of an unspecified, nebulous crime, imprisoned for many years in a penitentiary with mysterious subterranean ramifications, where he proves to be a patient and conscientious prisoner, Kosef J. is released one morning, without wanting to be, without being told why, without even being informed what his ‘being free’ will mean. As he waits to meet the director of the gaol, a meeting that is endlessly postponed, Mr. K. discovers, to his stupefaction, the environs of the penal colony. As they traverse a concentric series of Kafkaesque worlds together with the ‘privileged’ protagonist, readers of the novel might, paradoxically, feel at home. A literary and philosophical fable, “Mr. K. Released” is a homage to Franz Kafka, but it is no less an extraordinary parable of Romanian communism and of man caught in the toils of a system that was seemingly more absurd than anything even Kafka could have imagined.
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