Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

Metamorphosis and Other Stories

byFranz Kafka, Michael Hofmann

Kobo ebook | October 2, 2008

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This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka’s works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America and a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka’s eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka’s literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.

Title:Metamorphosis and Other StoriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 2, 2008Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141900024

ISBN - 13:9780141900025

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kafkaesque! Alienation, futility, dehumanized bureaucracy, and horror -- these are some of the more dominant themes to which Kafka continually returns in all of his writing. This collection of short stories by the famous nineteenth-century pre-existentialist lawyer-writer is no different. But don't expect any of his stories to be straightforward or even intelligible on first reading. If you're picking this up primarily for "The Metamorphosis" (which most people probably will be), my advice is not to relegate any of his other stories to the book-shelf, forgotten. They are just as brilliant -- particularly "A Hunger Artist," which explores society's brutal repression of creative thinking and artistic expression. At points comedic and outrageously absurd, at others melancholily reflective and deeply philosophical, but on the whole always nightmarish, this is a small collection of masterpieces that are best read when sitting alone in a dark room on a cold winter night.
Date published: 2006-06-10