The Metamorphosis (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

The Metamorphosis (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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by Franz Kafka
     
 

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The novella The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa,

Overview

The novella The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin. It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms, nor did Kafka ever give an explanation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016050041
Publisher:
Revenant
Publication date:
01/21/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
127 KB

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Kafka heavily influenced genres like existentialism. His works, such as "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.
Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and trained as a lawyer. After completing his legal education, Kafka obtained employment with an insurance company. He began to write short stories in his spare time, and for the rest of his life complained about the little time he had to devote to what he came to regard as his calling.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 3, 1883
Date of Death:
June 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Prague, Austria-Hungary
Place of Death:
Vienna, Austria
Education:
German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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The Metamorphosis (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
MariaSavva_Author More than 1 year ago
A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect/beetle. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family's reaction to the change. But it's not just a story about a man turning into a beetle, it's a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner in the house becoming unable to work, and also on a wider scope, the way a family (and the world at large) reacts to someone who is disabled, or terminally ill. It could also be an analogy for how a family treats a member of the family who is now old and needs to be cared for. The man who is now a beetle, is forced to live in his room, shut away from the world, for fear that he will frighten anyone who enters the house. The man who once provided for the family, and thought of them above himself, has now become a burden on them, as they are now short of money, and have to find employment. The once able and hard-working man, transformed into a beetle, is now rejected, and his family blame him for their financial situation and the fact that they cannot move to a smaller house, because they need to have a room to keep him in. The descriptive quality of the writing is excellent, and although it is a sad and gruesome tale, it is also very funny in parts; I couldn't help laughing out loud a couple of times. The main thing that struck me, was that even though this story is nearly 100 years old, it is still totally relevant to today's world (and I'm not sure that's something we should be proud of).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Type in full version to get a complete copy. Its fifty something pages for around three dollars. Amazing work a classic very intelligent highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kafka so good :)
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Ive read the book but im still really confused on why and how he turned into a vermin in the first place. Any ideas. Please answer soon if u do. Thanks.
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Wonder what meaning this book was supposed to convey? Not bad, just different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I doodle a lot, so I drew Gregor as an adorable cockroach. Theoughout the whole book, all I saw was an adirable little ach being abused an neglected.. that made the story a lot more emotional for me... other than that, I really admire how its written. Very entertaining and quick to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know. Was this book just THAT reevolutionary at the time? While I didnt hate it, I dont respect it as its reputation declares I must.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This only contains the main text; the extras listed in the summary are not included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth 95cents for a copy of Kafka's text, but there is little in the way of analysis or interpretation.
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