The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

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When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into some kind of monstrous vermin. With a bewildering blend of the everyday and the fantastical, Kafka thus begins his most famous short story, The Metamorphosis. A commercial traveller is unexpectedly freed from his dreary job by his inexplicable transformation into an insect, which drastically alters his relationship with his family. Kafka considered publishing it with two of the stories included here in a volume to be called Punishments. The Judgement also concerns family tensions, when a power struggle between father and son ends with the father passing an enigmatic judgement on the helpless son. The third story, In the Penal Colony, explores questions of power, justice, punishment, and the meaning of pain in a colonial setting. These three stories are flanked by two very different works. Meditation, the first book Kafka published, consists of light, whimsical, often poignant mood-pictures, while in the autobiographical Letter to his Father, Kafka analyses his difficult relationship in forensic and devastating detail.
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xlviii, 146 pages).
Additional Contributors: Crick, Joyce
Robertson, Ritchie

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eiknarf
May 21, 2015

After I read Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, I had to check out some Franz Kafka writings, since I had never indulged. So, I checked this out, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The stories are pretty short, some single page stories, and are told in such a dreamy manner that I can't help but imagine the scenes described. He must have been a very interesting character in his day because he can tell a great, thought-provoking story.

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Derringer
Jan 15, 2015

When writer-extraordinaire, Franz Kafka, died in 1924 (from tuberculosis) at the age of forty, it was very fortunate for us all that his good friend, Max Brod, went against Kafka's wishes (which were stated in his Will) that he wanted all of his manuscripts burned in the event of his death.

Had Brod complied with this request of Kafka's, then the world would've been greatly deprived of reading some of the most amazingly thoughtful stories ever written.

Born in Austria on July 3, 1883, Franz Kafka (who had originally trained to be a lawyer) was a tremendously gifted writer. He is widely regarded as being one of the most influential authors of the 20th Century.

A troubled, insecure and very complicated man, it wasn't until his unfortunate death that Kafka finally earned the fame and recognition that he so rightly deserved.

Kafka was a man of a profoundly brilliant mind. His wonderful stories are filled with themes of alienation, psychological brutality, and conflicts within the labyrinths of bureaucracy.

This first-rate volume of collected stories features six of Kafka's best work, including "A Country Doctor" and "Outside The Law".

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KerrAvon
Jul 30, 2011

For Kafka fans or anyone who enjoys a dark and highly philosophical realm - this is a great collection! Especially "The Metamorphosis" and "In The Penal Colony"! Super!

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

I don’t know why I waited so long to read this famous novella; right from its famous opening line it turned out to be much more readable (and even funny) than I had thought. My take on it is that the modern lives of humans are the same as the lives of vermin. Constant scurrying, selfishness, and unawareness of the world and family beyond routine survival make us no different than rats or cockroaches. It is only through self-inflection, selflessness, and actions based on love that we can metamorphose into the real and beautiful human existence.

Anitka Mar 27, 2008

Classic F.Kafka book.Very interesting and very different. Worth to read.

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.

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