The Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaAlternate cover edition of ISBN 0553213695 / 9780553213690
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.
With its startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like 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.
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Summary and Review) - Minute Book Report
Translating "The Metamorphosis": The Deeper Meaning In The Novella
When reading such a complex masterpiece, there are many layers to be analyzed. Some people finish it and just understand that a man has turned into a roach. This is appreciating only a little bit of what the genie of Franz Kafka was trying to communicate the world with his writing. Read on to find some clues on how to understand it deeply. There have been many different conclusions about the true meaning of the novel.
As endorsements go, the bar could not be set higher. Here, though, is a little novelty: in , Metamorphosis is years old. Kafka worked on Metamorphosis through the autumn of and completed a version on 7 December that year. But negotiations with publishers were complicated, and circumstances — the first world war, among other things — intervened. A century on, why does Metamorphosis still attract readers? Its premise — a man awakens in the body of an insect — exerts a ghastly fascination beyond anything in even the consummate short works of Chekhov or Joyce or Alice Munro.
The Metamorphosis In A Social Insight
It is not even to be seen from a distance. And, against the author's wishes, Nabokov even drew a picture in his teaching copy of the novella. Nabokov also heavily edited his edition, as you can see in the many corrections and revisions above. Such poets as Rilke or such novelists as Thomas Mann are dwarfs or plastic saints in comparison with him. The Metamorphosis was published years ago this month. The Art of Franz Kafka: Drawings from The Metamorphosis of Mr.