The Metamorphosis

byFranz KafkaTranslated byStanley Corngold

February 1, 1972|
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


“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 inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The  Metamorphosis has taken its place as one  of the most 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.”
Franz Kafka was born in 1833 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka''s feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explic...
Title:The Metamorphosis
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 6.9 X 4.1 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 6.9 X 4.1 X 0.5 in
Published:February 1, 1972
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780553213690

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