In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony

by Ian Johnston, Franz Kafka

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Overview

"In the Penal Colony" is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, and first published in October 1919.

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. It describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin in a script before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours. As the plot unfolds, the reader learns more and more about the machine, including its origin, and original justification.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161395448
Publisher: Black Box Publisher
Publication date: 04/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 70 KB

About the Author

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

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