The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
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Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Franz Kafka is now one of the world’s most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature.

Bringing together some of Kafka’s finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author’s artistry. “The Judgment,” which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and “The Stoker,” which became the first chapter of his novel Amerika, are here included. These two, along with “The Metamorphosis,” form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as “The Sons,” and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family.



Also included are “In the Penal Colony,” a story of a torture machine and its operators and victims, and “A Hunger Artist,” about the absurdity of an artist trying to communicate with a misunderstanding public. Kafka’s lucid, succinct writing chronicles the labyrinthine complexities, the futility-laden horror, and the stifling oppressiveness that permeate his vision of modern life.

Jason Baker is a writer of short stories living in Brooklyn, New York.



Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2003
ISBN: 9781593081805
1593081804
Branch Call Number: F KAF
Characteristics: xxxi, 191 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Freed, Donna

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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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