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Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka
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Die Verwandlung (original 1915; edition 2005)

by Franz Kafka

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Title:Die Verwandlung
Authors:Franz Kafka
Info:Anaconda (2005), Gebundene Ausgabe, 77 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:franz kafka, verwandlung, falscher körper, deutschsprachige literatur, deutsche literatur

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)

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Twenty-five years ago, I taught The Metamorphosis for the first and last time; after that year, I was reassigned to different courses and so parted ways with Gregor and his family. Reading it again for the first time since then, I was shocked by how many phrases and images stayed with me: the apple lodged in his back, Grete’s violin, the three indistinguishable bearded lodgers, the charwoman saying, “Look at that old dung beetle!” and Grete’s own transformation at the end.

Gregor is the aged relative with whom no one in the family knows what to do; he is the person who finds he has ben hit with a wasting disease and knows he is becoming a burden to his caretakers; he is the sniveling weakling in the office whom everyone knows will never be promoted; he is an object of both scorn and sympathy. His family, despicable as they are, can still remind us of how even the best people can tire from the labor of taking care of someone else. At first, Grete leaves her brother a bowl of milk; months later, she “would quickly thrust some randomly chosen foodstuffs into his room with her foot on her way to work at morning or midday, only to sweep it out again at night with a quick swipe of the broom, paying no heed if the food had been only barely nibbled at or—as was most often the case now—not touched at all.”

Gregor has become what he once was only in metaphor. He no longer has a backbone—only a shell into which he tries to hide but which cannot even protect him from a tossed apple. The tone of Bernofsky’s translation—always matter-of-fact and understated—heightens the horror of Gregor’s condition. This edition also includes an illuminating introduction by David Cronenberg; while his 1986 The Fly might seem like a cute connection to Kafka’s novel, Cronenberg writes well, beginning with an opening sentence that echoes Kafka’s own: “I woke up one morning recently to discover that I was a seventy-year-old man.” Viewed from this angle, The Metamorphosis seems realistic rather than a scene from a nightmare.
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1 vote Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Sea una novela corta o un cuento largo, La Metamorfosis es un libro de poco más de 100 páginas, escrito originalmente en el idioma Alemán por el conocido autor Franz Kafka y fue publicada en el 1915, hace ya casi 100 años.

Es considerada un clásico de ficción del siglo XX y todavía es leída y estudiada en colegios y universidades a nivel mundial.

Cuando Gregor Samsa se despertó una mañana después de un sueño intranquilo, se encontró sobre su cama convertido en un monstruoso insecto.

Con esta oración comienza el extraño relato de Gregor Samsa. En La Metamorfosis notaremos cómo el nuevo aspecto del protagonista afecta la dinámica social, familiar, laboral y personal de un individuo que estaba entregado a su trabajo y a su familia.

La Metamorfosis es un estudio social que hace el contraste con un personaje protagónico excluido de todo tan solo por su aspecto físico y por su incapacidad de comunicar sus pensamientos y sentimientos.

Puede tener varias interpretaciones; desde una exagerada autobiografía hasta los asuntos sociales ya descritos.

Es un relato muy corto que se puede leer de una sentada, tiene un lenguaje sencillo y, aunque tenga sus elementos metafóricos, el mensaje moral está bastante claro, palpable.

Lo que más me gustó de la obra fue que, si se fijaron bien, no solo es el personaje principal que experimenta una transformación. Otro personaje evoluciona, aunque no de la manera literal como sucede con Gregor.

Lo que menos me gustó -y es algo que deben saber aunque no hayan leído la historia- es que el autor no da respuestas a la transformación del protagonista, tampoco señala qué tipo de insecto es Gregor. Todo queda a la imaginación del lector… Pero, es como dice Stephen King: “la diferencia entre un cuento y una novela radica en que en el cuento -al ser más condensado- no es preciso dar todas las informaciones que el lector quisiera”.
A final de cuentas, quizás no es tan malo que no se hayan revelado algunos detalles.

La Metamorfosis tiene sus opiniones diversas; según leí, muchos la odiaron, muchos la amaron y otros quedaron en el medio. Yo pertenezco a ese último grupo.

Es un buen relato, es tan corto que no me pareció pesado en ningún momento y la verdad es que no me arrepiento de leer ese clásico, aún empleara metáforas cómicas y tecnicismos baratos.

Recomiendo que lean La Metamorfosis, si es que aún no lo han hecho, y saquen sus propias conclusiones. Ya yo tengo las mías. ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |
Such a weird story. It's completely unclear, he's changed into another creature and he's still absorbed in his day to day. ( )
  Pepperwings | Mar 19, 2018 |
Kafka creates an absurd storyline concerning a man that randomly wakes in his bed as an insect. This novella is an excellent example of modernist ideals and themes.
  jonesx | Feb 4, 2018 |
I found the more modern translation by Richard Stokes used in the audiobook better than the David Wyllie translation in my Kindle edition (plus it was a treat to listen to Martin Jarvis) so I give 4* to the audio edition but only 3½* to the Kindle edition.

I read this 30+ years ago and found that I had forgotten everything except the central idea that Gregor had mysteriously turned into a giant bug. The story was much sadder than I had expected or remembered and really, with the one big exception of what has happened to Gregor, is more about family dynamics than fantasy or horror. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 23, 2018 |
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Kafka, Franzprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Altena, Ernst vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Appelbaum, StanleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baioni, GiulianoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bernofsky, SusanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hauptmann, TatjanaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.
When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
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Waking after a night of troubled dreams, Gregor is surprised to find himself trapped in the body of a hideous man-sized bug. As he lies on his shell and gazes into space, his mother and father begin calling to him from outside his bedroom door. He must get out of bed, they tell him. He has to go to work. They need his money to live. Gregor replies to them nervously, his voice sounding strange to his ears. He'll be out very soon, he says. He's just getting ready! But he can't keep saying that forever.

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Este ebook presenta "La metamorfosis", con un indice dinmico y detallado. Se trata de un relato de Franz Kafka, publicado en 1916 y que narra la historia de Gregor Samsa, un comerciante de telas que vive con su familia a la que l mantiene con su sueldo, quien un da amanece convertido en un enorme insecto (aparentemente un escarabajo). Una interpretacin reconocida se refiere a la identidad desdoblada de Kafka, quien por un lado siente nostalgia por la identidad juda de sus abuelos y por otro siente que no logra hacer pie en el mundo "gentil" de Praga al que pertenece su padre.Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924) fue un escritor de origen judo nacido en Bohemia que escribi en alemn. Su obra est considerada como una de las ms influyentes de la literatura universal y est llena de temas y arquetipos sobre la alienacin, la brutalidad fsica y psicolgica, los conflictos entre padres e hijos, personajes en aventuras terrorficas, laberintos de burocracia, y transformaciones msticas.… (more)

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