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Metamorphosis & Other Stories In The Bizarre World Of Franz Kafka, Salesmen Turn Into Giant Bugs, Apes Give Lectures At College Academies, And Nightmares Probe The Mysteries Of Modern Humanity S Unhappiness More Than Any Other Modern Writer In World Literature, Kafka Captures The Loneliness And Misery That Fill The Lives Of 20th Century Humanity The Metamorphosis And Other Stories Reveals The Author S Extraordinary Talent In A Variety Of Forms Prose Poems, Short Stories, Sketches, Allegories, And Novelettes And Showcases The Straight Faced Humor, Startling Psychological Insight, And Haunting Imagination For Which He Is Revered As A Modern Master In This Brilliant New Translation, Prize Winning Translator Joachim Neugroschel Preserves The Delicate Balance, Rich Timbre, And Wondrous Language Of Kafka S Original Works In Addition To The Metamorphosis , This Collection Includes Early Stories , Contemplation , The Judgement , The Stoker , In The Penal Colony , And A Country Doctor.


10 thoughts on “Metamorphosis & Other Stories

  1. says:

    I suspect interpreting Kafka says about the reader than the author so here s some insight into my psyche Gregor s family are losers Gregor takes over the bread winner position after his father s business fails and provides enough money for the family to live as well as help to pay down the large debt his father s business incurred The rest of them are fine to let him and sit on their asses Gregor s father is perfectly healthy, but is happy to mooch too Then, we find out that his father has been squirreling away Gregor s money on the side to boot.Gregor works for five years in this manner, never missing a day of work, and the first day he is ill they are jerks Yet, when the vermin dies and they are employed, they all sit down quick to write letters of excuse for themselves When the vermin s alive it s an excuse to not leave the house when he dies they can t work.They deplore the fact that the vermin cannot understan...


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    The Metaphormosis a tiny taleThe field lay sparkling in the sun The cold night had covered it with a white blanket which the grass was now reluctant to shed The distant sun did not mind the ground s slumber It gazed benevolently down to the field and saw shimmers of its big bright self reflected in the small flakes that had bundled together into an untouched canvas of astonishing whiteness Everything was still Birds flew over in silence, forest creatures stayed under the trees and dared not approach the beauty that presently lay beyond the shadowy safety offered by the canopy The canvas would not be written upon, not today, for nature itself was too proud of what it had created overnight The sun sent its rays down to the snow, not to make it melt, but to let it dance in sunshine Everything was still, everything was beautiful Evening came and the dance grew less abundant, slowly fading to a twinkling that would last through the night and form a perfect pair with the starry sky The next morning she woke up with a startle A coldness was touching her back and was making a sound that seemed very alien to her In fact, the waking up itself felt very strange She didn t remember doing that before All she knew was that she was magnificent She turned around and found a man lying beside her, snorin...


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    Die Verwandlung und andere Erz hlungen The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka In the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, salesmen turn into giant bugs, apes give lectures at college academies, and nightmares probe the mysteries of modern humanity s unhappiness More than any other modern writer in world literature, Kafka captures the loneliness and misery that fill the lives of 20th century humanity The Metamorphosis and Other Stories reveals the author s extraordinary talent in a variety of forms prose poems, short stories, sketches, allegories, and novelettes and showcases the straight faced humor, startling psychological insight, and haunting imagination for which he is revered as a modern master In this brilliant new translation, prize winning translator Joachim Neugroschel preserves the delicate balance, rich timbre, and wondrous language of Kafka s origin...


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    I first met Kafka s haunting prose while staying in Prague Not even a year gone by and I find myself re reading him again, trying once to decipher what hidden messages might be found in his daunting short stories.After having read his tales twice I have come to the conclusion that there is no use in trying to deconstruct the unrealistic situations of the imaginary worlds he created, there is no need to unveil any encrypted symbolism in order to weave out some sort of moral code from his nightmarish worlds.Kafka defies interpretation in presenting illogical situations from an objective point of view, constantly validating contradictory perceptions to the reader who ends up not questioning the hows or the whys of his stories, but simply allows himself the luxury of being carried away with them I have allowed myself to get lost in Kafka s worlds and here there are some of my mementos.Metamorphosis is not about change, but about completion.Gregor Samsa has always felt in need of spiritual nourishment His doomed attempts at building connections with others are rife with futility.That s why he balances his unsatisfied spiritual hunger by working himself out to provide for his family It doesn t matter if his occupation repulses him It doesn t matter if his exertions are never appreciated He needs ...


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    It s totally kafkaesque I would have given this collection 5 stars based on The Metamorphosis alone The rest of the pages could have been filled with grocery lists, recipes, driving directions, what have you, I would still have given it 5 stars But the thing is, there are so many other stellar stories in this collection, five stars seems like an insult The Judgement astounded me A Hu...


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    Do not, under any circumstances, believe any of the introductions to Kafka books especially if they tell you that there is no point of trying to interpret, read into, or analyze Kafka s writing, and that it just is read it for its poetic prose and for the beauty of the stories BULLSHIT If you have any sense at all, you will read Kafka, and you will read into the stories, you will come up with hidden messages, and you will see the politics and sociology in it, and it will mess up with your head THAT is the beauty of Kafka, THAT is what makes him one of a kind.MetamorphosisI did not really know what I was feeling reading this story, so small and yet packed with the agony that is the human condition and the ugliness of the human race The beauty of Gregor s story is that it reveales to us so simply sans any clichees the basic human nature, and how sometimes, family bonds can come to nothing overnight Gregor wakes up one morning to find out that he has turned into a giant beatle Kafka does not tell us whether he s been a beatle for a while ...


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    Read a book originally written in a different language.Finally writing a review of this thing that I really don t wanna write Because I m really being generous with two stars because I really hated reading this thing Probably why I read it in February and only now posting a review, because I feel like an asshole slamming a piece of world literature that has been read so many times by so many people, is taught in classrooms around the world, and has a lot of things to say Oh well, I plead the fifth And by pleading the fifth I really just meanThis collection contains the titular Metamorphosis as well as the lesser known works The Judgement, In the Penal Colony, A Country Doctor, and A Report to an Academy The titular work in this collection was my personal favorite if I could possibly have a favorite and the only reason I decided on two stars instead of one Because I may not have enjoyed reading this, but at least I can appreciate what is being said here I think The Judgement was just awful and probably the worst of the bunch I wanted to slit my wrists and gouge my eyes out after reading it Bleak and boring and soooooo depressing I cannot understand why someone would want to read about something like that In the Penal Colony was completely disturbing and depressing, but I enjoyed it much than the other stories, except perhaps The Metamorphosis It did have something to say, and its disturbing ness if that s even a wo...


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    I didn t want to like Kafka When I first heard of him, I classified him as one of those writers people like so they can have some self validation about their intelligence, like an association with college professors of something I decided to try Kafka after a Breaking Bad episode entitled Kafkaesque A humorous moment in the episode shows one of the main characters, a recovering meth addict and dealer, talking in a street slang vernacular and saying something to his partner like, You wouldn t get it It s Kafkaesque, man I interpreted Kafka as a dark writer But the dark writing didn t capture my heart Kafka s style and mastery of words, his power to manipulate and control my emotions, his hypnotic wording these captured my heart Reading Kafka reminded me of an experience I had on the playground as a child They had these massive tires hanging by chains Children sat on them and someone pushed as they swung around I finally swallowed my fear and tried it The first time scared the hell out of me, and I walked away with trembling, wobbling legs That night I remembered the experience, and smiled, and thought, That was the coolest freaking thing I ever did in my life The next day I did it again, and again, and again, for days and weeks and months until I moved on to the next school Kafka soaked into my mind the same way I kept saying to myself, Come on You don t really like th...


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    lobster .