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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories [Penguin / B&N] (1996)

by Franz Kafka

Other authors: Donna Freed (Translator)

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Many of the stories I found deplorable, but a select few were so incredibly glorious that they made up for the trifles. A report to an Academy is a triumphant account of an ape turned intellect. Jackals and Arabs is the most prolific story on the war between Jews and Muslims ever written, and Eleven Sons is an interesting account by a father observing his offspring in an analysis only Kafka could bring to life. Some stories of note with a rating out of ten:

The Judgment 9/10
The Stoker 3/10
Metamorphosis 5/10
A Country Doctor 6/10
Jackals and Arabs 10/10
The Next Village 6/10
Eleven Sons 8/10
A Dream 7/10
A Report to an Academy 10/10
A Fasting-artist 9/10 ( )
  TakeItOrLeaveIt | Nov 13, 2009 |
I've always been a Kafka fan. This was a nice edition since it contained several stories. Personally I think everyone should read "The Metamorphosis" it gives and interesting perspective on what can happen to a man who has no life. ( )
  Elizabeth.Michele | Oct 11, 2007 |
we like kafka. we know this makes us weird. ( )
  heidilove | Feb 25, 2006 |
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There are a number of anthologies with the same title. This one contains:

The metamorphosis
The judgement
The stoker
A country doctor
In the penal colony
A hunger artist
An old leaf
A message from the emperor
Before the law
Josephine the singer, or, The mouse people

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When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into some kind of monstrous vermin. With a bewildering blend of the everyday and the fantastical, Kafka thus begins his most famous short story, The Metamorphosis. A commercial traveller is unexpectedly freed from his dreary job by his inexplicable transformation into an insect, which drastically alters his relationship with his family. Kafka considered publishing it with two of the stories included here in a volume to be called Punishments. The Judgement also concerns family tensions, when a power struggle between father and son ends with the father passing an enigmatic judgement on the helpless son. The third story, In the Penal Colony, explores questions of power, justice, punishment, and the meaning of pain in a colonial setting. These three stories are flanked by two very different works. Meditation, the first book Kafka published, consists of light, whimsical, often poignant mood-pictures, while in the autobiographical Letter to his Father, Kafka analyses his difficult relationship in forensic and devastating detail.… (more)

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