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The Metamorphosis [Norton Critical Edition] (1915)

by Franz Kafka, Stanley Corngold (Editor)

Other authors: Mark M. Anderson (Contributor), Hartmut Binder (Contributor), Iris Bruce (Contributor), Stanley Corngold (Contributor), Stanley Corngold (Translator)4 more, Gustav Janouch (Contributor), Eric Santner (Contributor), Nina Pelikan Straus (Contributor), Kevin W. Sweeney (Contributor)

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I understand this short novella to be a classic of 20th-century literature and pivotal to existentialism, but having just finished the book - I don't get it. The story itself is interesting, with a young man awaking to discover himself to now be a giant insect and the descriptive details of how he manages to get himself out of bed and such. But as to the larger themes, I'm somewhat at a loss (maybe that's the point?). I realize there are pages of analysis available out there and while I'm interested to hear the thoughts of others in my book group, this classic left me with few strong feelings. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 23, 2018 |
This book contained more criticism than it did story, but the story itself was quite engaging. It was fascinating to see the character metamorphosis of each family member as a result of Gregor's change, making it impossible to say which family member would be considered the most vermin-like. The reader's sympathy is with Gregor for the entire story. It was certainly memorable. ( )
  karmiel | Aug 12, 2015 |
Disappointed ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Jun 2, 2015 |
The Norton Critical Edition of this is great, as the Norton editions tend to be: it contains the story itself with a preface, Kafka's own writing about the story, and a range of critical material as well.

The story itself, well -- more or less as I expected. The impact is somewhat spoilt by the fact that I already knew the story and themes -- I felt like I'd read it without ever reading it. Still, it's well written -- I love the bizarre fixation the main character has with going to work despite the fact that he's, you know, a giant bug.

I'm pretty sure I have nothing new to say about this. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Strange. ( )
  cwflatt | Apr 18, 2011 |
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Kafka, Franzprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corngold, StanleyEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, Mark M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Binder, HartmutContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruce, IrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corngold, StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corngold, StanleyTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Janouch, GustavContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Santner, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Straus, Nina PelikanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sweeney, Kevin W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393967972, Paperback)

Franz Kafka's 1915 masterpiece is presented in this Norton Critical Edition in the acclaimed translation by Stanley Corngold based on the definitive German edition.

The novella is fully annotated and is accompanied by selected textual variants. Backgrounds and Contexts introduces readers to The Metamorphosis in the richest possible setting. The links between the author's life and his work are explored through an examination of his personal writings. Kafka's letters and diary entries illuminate the creative process behind his portrait of Gregor Samsa, his family, and their nightmarish ordeal. Criticism collects seven essays from the period 1970-95 representing the most important currents in literary theory—semiotics, feminism, identity philosophy, New Historicism, and post-Freudian cultural psychoanalysis. The essays offer a variety of perspectives on the novella by Iris Bruce, Nina Pelikan Straus, Kevin W. Sweeney, Mark Anderson, Hartmut Binder, Eric Santner, and Stanley Corngold. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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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.

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