Trade Paperback. Recommended! This collection brings together the stories that Kafka allowed to be published during his lifetime. To Max Brod, his literary executor, he wrote: “Of all my writings the only books that can stand are these.” Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir.
"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."
Table Of Contents
Conversation with the Supplicant
Meditation Children on a Country Road Unmasking a Confidence Trickster The Sudden Walk Resolutions Excursion into the Mountains Bachelor’s III Luck The Tradesman Absent-minded Window-gazing The Way Home Passers-by On the Tram Clothes Rejection Reflections for Gentlemen-Jockeys The Street Window The Wish to Be a Red Indian The Trees Unhappiness
A Country Doctor The New Advocate A Country Doctor Up in the Gallery An Old Manuscript Before the Law Jackals and Arabs A Visit to a Mine The Next Village An Imperial Message The Cares of a Family Man Eleven Sons A Fratricide A Dream A Report to an Academy The Bucket Rider
In the Penal Colony
A Hunger Artist First Sorrow A Little Woman A Hunger Artist Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk
Appendix The First Long Train Journey, by Max Brod and Franz Kafka The Aeroplanes at Brescia Three Critical Pieces Epilogue by Max Brod
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