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Metamorphosis, Penal Colony & Stories : Schocken Kafka Library - Franz Kafka

Metamorphosis, Penal Colony & Stories

Schocken Kafka Library

Paperback Published: 1st October 1995
ISBN: 9780805210576
Number Of Pages: 320

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"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 inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, "The Metamorphosis" has taken its place as one of the mosst 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."

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"Kafka's survey of the insectile situation of young Jews in inner Bohemia can hardly be improved upon: 'With their posterior legs they were still glued to their father's Jewishness and with their wavering anterior legs they found no new ground.' There is a sense in which Kafka's Jewish question ('What have I in common with Jews?') has become everybody's question, Jewish alienation the template for all our doubts. What is Muslimness? What is femaleness? What is Polishness? These days we all find our anterior legs flailing before us. We're all insects, all Ungeziefer, now." --Zadie Smith

"Kafka engaged in no technical experiments whatsoever; without in any way changing the German language, he stripped it of its involved constructions until it became clear and simple, like everyday speech purified of slang and negligence. The common experience of Kafka's readers is one of general and vague fascination, even in stories they fail to understand, a precise recollection of strange and seemingly absurd images and descriptions--until one day the hidden meaning reveals itself to them with the sudden evidence of a truth simple and incontestable." --Hannah Arendt

Forewordp. 1
Conversation with the Supplicantp. 9
Children on a Country Roadp. 21
Unmasking a Confidence Tricksterp. 25
The Sudden Walkp. 27
Resolutionsp. 28
Excursion into the Mountainsp. 29
Bachelor's Ill Luckp. 30
The Tradesmanp. 31
Absent-minded Window-gazingp. 33
The Way Homep. 34
Passers-byp. 34
On the Tramp. 35
Clothesp. 36
Rejectionp. 37
Reflections for Gentlemen-Jockeysp. 37
The Street Windowp. 39
The Wish to Be a Red Indianp. 39
The Treesp. 39
Unhappinessp. 40
The Judgmentp. 49
The Metamorphosisp. 67
The New Advocatep. 135
A Country Doctorp. 136
Up in the Galleryp. 144
An Old Manuscriptp. 145
Before the Lawp. 148
Jackals and Arabsp. 150
A Visit to a Minep. 155
The Next Villagep. 158
An Imperial Messagep. 158
The Cares of a Family Manp. 160
Eleven Sonsp. 161
A Fratricidep. 167
A Dreamp. 170
A Report to an Academyp. 173
The Bucket Riderp. 184
In the Penal Colonyp. 191
First Sorrowp. 231
A Little Womanp. 234
A Hunger Artistp. 243
Josephine the Singer; or the Mouse Folkp. 256
Appendix: The First Long Train Journeyp. 279
Appendix: The Aeroplanes at Bresciap. 297
Appendix: Three Critical Piecesp. 310
Epiloguep. 316
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780805210576
ISBN-10: 0805210571
Series: Schocken Kafka Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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