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The metamorphosis

Author: Franz Kafka; Stanley Corngold
Publisher: Toronto ; New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : Bantam classic edView all editions and formats
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A novel about a man who finds himself transformed into a huge insect, and the effects of this change upon his life. This is a fantastic horror story about a hapless man who is turned into an insect. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Black humor (Literature)
Fiction
Named Person: Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Franz Kafka; Stanley Corngold
ISBN: 0553213695 9780553213690
OCLC Number: 19329446
Notes: Translation of: Die Verwandlung.
Contains letters by Kafka, diary entries and 10 critical essays.
Description: xxii, 201 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Introduction / Stanley Corngold --
The Metamorphosis / [Franz Kafka] ; translated by Stanley Corngold --
Note on the text --
EXPLANATORY NOTES TO THE TEXT --
DOCUMENTS --
Letter by Franz Kafka to Max Brod, October 8, 1912 --
Sokel's comments --
Two conversations between Kafka and Gustav Janouch, 1920-1923 --
Kafka to his father, November 1919 --
Entries in Kafka's diaries --
CRITICAL ESSAYS --
Franz Kafka / Wilhelm Emrich --
Kafka's obscurity / Ralph Freedman --
The making of allegory / Edwin Honig --
Kafka's conception (Thematik) of being / Max Bense --
Kafka's fantasy of punishment / Hellmut Kaiser --
Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis" as a death and resurrection fantasy / Peter Dow Webster --
Education for tragedy / Walter H. Sokel --
The Writer, Franz Kafka / Friedrich Beissner --
Kafka, the poet / Friedrich Beissner --
Commentary --
"The Metamorphosis" / Hellmut Richter.
Other Titles: Verwandlung.
Responsibility: by Franz Kafka ; translated and edited by Stanley Corngold.

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A novel about a man who finds himself transformed into a huge insect, and the effects of this change upon his life. This is a fantastic horror story about a hapless man who is turned into an insect. 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.

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