The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories: Works Published During Kafka's Lifetime

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A companion volume to The Great Wall of China and Other Short Works, these new translations bring together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he thought worthy of publication. This volume contains his most famous story. The Transformation, more popularly known as Metamorphosis. Other works include 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 Fasting Artist, a ...

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Overview

 
A companion volume to The Great Wall of China and Other Short Works, these new translations bring together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he thought worthy of publication. This volume contains his most famous story. The Transformation, more popularly known as Metamorphosis. Other works include 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 Fasting Artist, a collection of stories written towards the end of Kafka's life. There is also a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka's eye-witness account of an air display in 1909. Taken together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka's literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140184785
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 324,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.

Biography

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 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 explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent.

Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919).

Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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

Table of Contents

Translated and Edited by Malcolm Pasley

Editor's Preface
Notes

The Aeroplanes at Brescia

Meditation
Children on the Country Road
Unmasking a Confidence Trickster
The Sudden Walk
Resolutions
The Excursion into the Mountains
The Fate of the Bachelor
The Businessman
A Stray Glance from the Window
The Way Home
The Men Running Past
The Passenger
Clothes
The Rejection
For the Consideration of Amateur Jockeys
The Window on the Street
Longing to be a Red Indian
The Trees
Unhappiness

The Judgement: A Story

The Stoker: A Fragment

The Transformation

In the Penal Colony

A Country Doctor: Little Tales
The New Advocate
A Country Doctor
Up in the Gallery
A Leaf from an Old Manuscript
Before the Law
Jackals and Arabs
A Visit to the Mine
The Next Village
A Message from the Emperor
A Problem for the Father of the Family
Eleven Sons
A Fratricide
A Dream
A Report to an Academy

The Coal-Scuttle Rider

A Fasting-Artist: Four Stories
First Sorrow
A Little Woman
A Fasting-artist
Josefine, the Songstress or: The Mouse People

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