The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1995 - Fiction - 317 pages
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"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, "The Metamorphosis." It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, "The Metamorphosis" has taken its place as one of the mosst widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."

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User Review  - Salmondaze - LibraryThing

I'm giving this book a certain score, but realize first and foremost that it is wildly inconsistent. There can be no doubt that "The Metamorphosis" and "In The Penal Colony" are masterpieces of short ... Read full review

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User Review  - bsiemens - LibraryThing

I finished listening to The Metamorphosis and enjoyed it slightly. I decided to discontinue reading when the next story began because the sound quality had decreased significantly by that time. Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Anne Rice
1
Conversation with the Supplicant
9
Meditation
21
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including “The Metamorphosis,” “The Judgment,” and “The Stoker.” He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.

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