The Metamorphosis




      The Metamorphosis
Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0553213695 9780553213690 As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect He was laying on his hard, as it were armor plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes With it s startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle like 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. Best Read [ The Metamorphosis ] Author [ Franz Kafka ] – heartforum.co.uk

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century He was born to a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia presently the Czech Republic , Austria Hungary His unique body of writing much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.His stories include The Metamorphosis 1912 and In the Penal Colony 1914 , while his novels are The Trial 1925 , The Castle 1926 and Amerika 1927.Kafka s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.Kafka s writing attracted little attention until after his death During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a short novel Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod Dearest Max, my last request Everything I leave behind me in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters my own and others , sketches, and so on, is to be burned unread Brod overrode Kafka s wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them Brod had told him as much Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka s notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.All of Kafka s published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesensk , were written in German.

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  • The Metamorphosis
  • Franz Kafka
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  • 05 April 2018

10 thoughts on “ The Metamorphosis

  1. Miranda Reads says:

    A BIG EFFING DISCLAIMER I read books for fun, not to better myself.I originally published this review MONTHS ago, for a book published DECADES ago and I just want to say Reviewers be warned.People are not the forgiving sort if you don t like this book It seems that some classics must be liked, or else.Since publishing this review, many people have posted their interpretations of this book some of which I can see, some of which I don t buy and some that really are quite brilliant A BIG EFFING DISCLAIMER I read books for fun, not to better myself.I originally published this review MONTHS ago, for a book published DECADES ago and I just want to say Reviewers be warned.People are not the forgiving sort if you don t like this book It seems that some classics must be liked, or else.Since publishing this review, many people have posted their interpretations of this book some of which I can see, some of which I don t buy and some that really are quite brilliant.People seem convinced that if only I the stupid broad as one now deleted comment said could understand the d man book , then my absolute idiocy could be resolved and I wouldn t have to worry about my children inheriting the stupid While your sentiments about my future children were strong and no doubt your hearts were in the right place , I m afraid that won t help them They are doomed. Even if the most stunningly accurate interpretation of the novel comes into...

  2. Rebecca says:

    I once used my copy to kill a beetle Thereby combining my two passions irony and slaughter wields

  3. Dan Schwent says:

    Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he s been transformed into a giant beetle like creature Can he and his family adjust to his new form The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath I managed to escape this fate and I m glad The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa s transformation tears his family Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he s been transformed into a giant beetle like creature Can he and his family adjust to his new form The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath I managed to escape this fate and I m glad The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa s transformation tears his family apart I feel like there are hidden meanings that are just beyond my grasp I suspect it s a commentary about how capitalism devours its workers when they re unable to work or possibly about how the people who deviate from the norm are isolated However, I mostly notice how Samsa s a big frickin beetle and his family pretends he doesn t exist.There s some absurdist humor at the beginning Samsa s first thoughts upon finding out he s a beetle is how he s going to miss w...

  4. Gaurav says:

    The MetamorphosisFranz KafkaThe Metamorphosis can quite easily be one of Franz Kafka s best works of literature one of the best in Existentialist literature The author shows the struggle of human existence the problem of living in modern society through the narrator.Gregor Samsa wakes in his bed and discovers he has transformed into a some kind of a giant bug he struggles to find what actually has happened to him, he looks around his small room and ev...

  5. Petra-X says:

    A paraphrase When my ex husband went out one evening from unsettling dreams of how faraway his wife was, he went out drinking and whoring Next morning he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin A cockroach Much he knew it though None of his friends recognised it, in fact they preferred the cockroac...

  6. Nicole says:

    Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny I took it asof a warning of what NOT to do when a loved one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting When he Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny I took it asof a warning of what NOT to do when a loved one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting When he couldn t ignore his state any longer, he looked t...

  7. Glenn Russell says:

    Kafka s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter The son is unfortunately unable to continue to perform his job as a traveling salesman and support his family financially This abrupt change forces the father, mother and daughter to exertenergy in their lives and take steps to earn money Here is a word about each member of the family The Kafka s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter The son is unfortunately unable to continue to perform his job as a traveling salesman and support his family financially This abrupt change forces the father, mother and daughter to exertenergy in their lives and take steps to earn money Here is a word about each member of the family The Father At the beginning of the tale he is too worn out to even stand up straight and walk across the apartment without pausing At the end, he stands up straight, combs his white hair neatly, wears a uniform smartly in his new job working for a bank and can take charge of family situations and challenges with authority.The Mother At the outset, she is weak and helpless At the end, she does the household cooking and helps support her family through taking in sewing.The Daughter A wan stay at hom...

  8. JV (semi-hiatus) says:

    My ever dearest Kafka,It has come to my attention that you ve left a manuscript behind pertaining to the extermination of vermins So my eccentric little self decided to pick up a copy of yours hoping to annihilate pests of the worst, possibly, the most malicious kind, only to find out you didn t offer such trick Well, woe is me There goes me gay self screaming and running away from flying roaches Ackkkk Shoooo Oh bollocks, you could ve helped Interestingly, what I discovered was a My ever dearest Kafka,It has come to my attention that you ve left a manuscript behind pertaining to the exterm...

  9. Adina says:

    4 for the novella 1 for Benedict Cumberbatch narration I adore his voice A family mother, father and sister are forced to become responsible and find jobs when the son, the sole provider of the family, has a sort of a disease and cannot work any As he becomes useless he is marginalized and despised I almost forgot, the disease is that the son wakes up in the morning as a cockroach Methamorphosis is considered one of the best books ever written which is quite remarkable 4 for the novella 1 for Benedict Cumberbatch narration I adore his voice A family mother, father and sister are forced to become responsible and find jobs when the son, the sole provider of the family, has a sort of a disease and cannot work any As he becomes useless he is marginalized and despised I almost forgot, the disease is that the son wakes up in the morning as a cockroach Methamorphosis is considered one of the best books ever written which is quite remarkable considering its size To succeed to have such an impact in a few pages is an accomplishment At a first glance it is the story of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up transformed as a vermi...

  10. Henry Avila says:

    Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed incredibly Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach does it really matter what He has missed his train inways than one, but Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can catch the locomotive and make that vile business trip, eventually getting off the bed with great difficulty, just a Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed incredibly Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach does it really matter what He has missed his train i...

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