How the author's own father was killed, or WHETHER he was archives in fact murdered and, if so, by whom, does not really matter in the scheme of things, IMHO. with elemental force and demand our full concentration. In fact, we are reading now only a prologue- if I may call it that: the characters are introduced one by one, the scene is archives being set carefully (with some astonishingly detailed observations of people), we begin to see motivations, aspirations, filial loyalty, enmity, rivalries, and violence barely smoldering under the surface, but the FULL story proper will unfold AFTER the unlamented death of father K. here, and is specifically mentioned in the introductions which some of your translations carry, that the brothers K, all four of them, represent in fact the various aspects of the author's own.
it has been pointed out. Re the beginning of your post, Betty: archives. Let's not lose sight of the fact that we are reading a very long, complicated book with many involved, LONG dialectic discourses ahead of us,and THAT is our object, right ?. We are not looking, after all, for similarities archives or parallels.