The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis German Die Verwandlung is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 It is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world Elias Canetti described it as one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written during this cThe Metamorphosis German Die Verwandlung is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 It is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world Elias Canetti described it as one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written during this century The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect Rather than lament his transformation, Gregor worries about how he will get to his job as a traveling salesman Gregor is the sole financial provider for his parents and sister, Grete, and their comfort is dependent on his ability to work.
The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis German Die Verwandlung is a novella by Franz Kafka first published in It is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the th century and is widely studied i

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    Franz Kafka David Wyllie

    Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century He was born to a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia presently the Czech Republic , Austria Hungary His unique body of writing much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.His stories include The Metamorphosis 1912 and In the Penal Colony 1914 , while his novels are The Trial 1925 , The Castle 1926 and Amerika 1927.Kafka s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of French language and culture one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.Kafka s writing attracted little attention until after his death During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a short novel Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod Dearest Max, my last request Everything I leave behind me in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters my own and others , sketches, and so on, is to be burned unread Brod overrode Kafka s wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them Brod had told him as much Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka s notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.All of Kafka s published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesensk , were written in German.

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    • Rebecca said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      I once used my copy to kill a beetle. Thereby combining my two passions: irony and slaughter. *wields*

    • Ken said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Endlessly dissected, ripped apart, its guts laid out on a slab, sewn back together, reconstructed, reinterpreted, misunderstood, misinterpreted, parodied, plagiarized, overanalyzed, and sadly sometimes underappreciated. Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is one of those jumping off points for modern literature, a key touchstone where so many good writers -- Borges, Nabokov, García Márquez – found inspiration in his work and studied it like a textbook on great writing.But what is the metamorphosis? [...]

    • Dan Schwent said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he's been transformed into a giant beetle-like creature. Can he and his family adjust to his new form?The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath. I managed to escape this fate and I'm glad. The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa's transformation tears his family apa [...]

    • Huda Yahya said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      كم مرة رغب كافكا في الموت؟كم مرة أراد التلاشي من هذا العالم؟كم مرة شعر بالغربة حتى عن ذاته؟إن كان التورية تعرّي فلا تعرية مثل التي وجدناها ‏هنا في هذا العمل الأدبي الفريد ،،الموجع و-ياللغرابة ‏الممتع للغايةيرسم كافكا العلاقة بين الإنسان ونفسهيمزق كل المتعارف عليهيثور ويل [...]

    • Gaurav said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      The MetamorphosisFranz KafkaThe Metamorphosis can quite easily be one of Franz Kafka’s best works of literature- one of the best in Existentialist literature. The author shows the struggle of human existence- the problem of living in modern society- through the narrator.Gregor Samsa wakes in his bed and discovers he has transformed into a some kind of a giant bug; he struggles to find what actually has happened to him, he looks around his small room and everything looks normal to him however i [...]

    • Mohammed Arabey said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Arabic/English ReviewFirst read I got that impression: pretty disgusted yet very sadقرائتي الأولي لها شعرت بشئ من الحزن والكثير من القرف والاشمئزازSecond read,more emotional & sympathy for Kafka Samsaالقراءة الثانية شعرت بمشاعر حزن أكثروتعاطف مع كافكا,أقصد سامساREADFEELRE-READهي قصة تقرأهاتشعر بهوتعيد قرائتهالذا قرأتها لمرة ثالثة وأخير [...]

    • Petra X said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      A paraphrase. When my ex-husband went out one evening from unsettling dreams of how faraway his wife was, he went out drinking and whoring. Next morning he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. A cockroach. Much he knew it though. None of his friends recognised it, in fact they preferred the cockroach to the person he had been and he had a great time. When it was time for him to come home, armour-plated as he was he crushed his wife underfoot (well fists and kicks, but same t [...]

    • MohammedAli said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      القراءة الثانية لهذه القصة الرائعة .تقرير من إحدى الجرائد :في الساعة الثانية من يوم الخميس الماضي و جد العاملون في أحد المناجم الخاصة لإستخراج الفحم جثة متعفنة، و بعد استخراجها بصعوبة و سط الروائح النتنة المتجمعة في ذلك المكان تحت سطح الأرض و نقلها خارج المنجم تعرف أحد العام [...]

    • Nikki said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him. Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny. I took it as more of a warning of what NOT to do when a loved-one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance. I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting. When he [...]

    • AhmadEbaid said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      He is fool by spending his life to them; nobody would care if he became an ugly Metamorphosis!!إنه أحمق عندما ينفق حياته على أحد؛ فلن يهتموا به أبداً عندما يصبح مسخاً !!ولأقولها صريحة، فكل علاقة ينقصها التكافؤ، ستتآكل بالتقادم حتما. سواء كانت الرابطة حب أم صداقة، فمصيرها الزوال بتلاشي احتياجهم لك ولخدماتك. الحب والا [...]

    • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Αυτό το σιχαμερά αξιαγάπητο μαμούνι που σπάραξε την καρδιά. Ο Γκρεγκορ που ξυπνώντας -μεταφορικά και κυριολεκτικά- κάποιο πρωινό για να τηρήσει με θρησκευτική ευλάβεια την καθημερινή του ρουτίνα και τον αγώνα για επιβίωση του ίδιου και ολόκληρης της οικογένειας,μεταμορφώ [...]

    • Araz Goran said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      " إذ أستيقظ غريغور سامسا ذات صباح، على إثر أحلام سادها الاضطراب،، وجد أنه قد تحول، وهو في سريره الى حشرة " يقول ماركيز حين قرأ السطر الأول في هذه الرواية" لقد سقطتُ من الفراش بعد قراءة السطر الأول ، لقد كنت مدهوشًا و عندما قرأت هذا السطر قلت لنفسي : بأني لا أعرف أي شخص باستطاعته [...]

    • Henry Avila said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed incredibly Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach does it really matter what ? He has missed his train in more ways than one, but Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can catch the locomotive and make that vile business trip, eventually getting off the bed with great difficulty, just a sl [...]

    • Glenn Russell said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Kafka’s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives. Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter. The son is unfortunately unable to continue to perform his job as a traveling salesman and support his family financially. This abrupt change forces the father, mother and daughter to exert more energy in their lives and take steps to earn money. Here is a word about each member of the family:The Fa [...]

    • Amira Mahmoud said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      القراءة الثانية لكافكا المجنونهذا الرجل يعرف كيف يخلق حكايا سوداوية مُرعبةلا تستطيع أن تقرأها إلا وأنت فاغر فاهك وعيناك مشرعتان على اتساعهمابلا غزارة في الأحداث، ولا حتى في الشخصياتالتفاصيل، والتفاصيل فقطفي عالم كافكا تُدرك كم هي مُرعبة التفاصيلكيف كان في القصة الأولى ال [...]

    • s.p said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      It was no dream.Gregor Samsa awakes one day, changed forever. How unpredictable is life, one moment leading to a new labyrinth of existence where forward is the only motion available, our scars and choices following us in a tuneless parade with few interested spectators. Despite our lives being a personal struggle, it is constantly judged, criticized and appraised by all those whom we encounter. Oh, the injuries we inflict upon one another. We alienate and assume instead of communicate, we fear [...]

    • Lisa said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      One morning a young man woke up and decided he didn't want to leave his room. He felt at odds with the world and wished he could opt out of his busy life. He knew he was unlikely to get away with skipping school, so he thought about how to find a perfect excuse. His eyes fell upon the half-read copy of Kafka's Metamorphosis he had left beside his bed, and was pleased. When his stressed mum banged on the bedroom door and yelled that it was time for breakfast, shower and school, he answered: "I ca [...]

    • Omnya said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      اللقاء الأول مع العزيز كافكاسمعت عن جنونه وسوداويته الكثير الكثيرولكني حقًا لم أتوقع أن يكون الحال هكذافعلى الرغم من صغر حجم الرواية إلا أنها حقًا مُرهقة جدًا في قرأتهاأن تستيقظ ذات صباح فتجد أن أصبحت شئ آخر حشرةٍ ما في الواقع أن تبدأ رواية هكذا هو أمر جنوني توقعت أنه سوف يع [...]

    • Bookdragon Sean said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Surreal, inexplicable and unusual, Kafka explores the futility of human existence. Or does he? Gregor Sansa is turned into a bug and through the process he realises just how insignificant he is, how insignificant we all, ultimately, are in the greater scheme of things. He was his family’s backbone, holding them up, supporting them financially whist they took the easy path. However, when that backbone is removed the unit adapts; it carries on and finds new means of survival. The most important [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Die Verwandlung = The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1974 میلادی؛ بار دیگر: دهم ماه نوامبر سال 1995 میلادیعنوان: مسخ: نوشته: فرانتس کافکا؛ مترجم: صادق هدایت؛ کتاب در قطع جیبی و شامل داستانهای: مسخ؛ گراکوس شکارچی؛ شمشیر؛ در کنیسه مانخستین ترجمه فارسی این اثر از متن فرانسه به قلم روانش [...]

    • Foad said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      مسخ رو معمولاً به عنوان يه اثر فلسفى-اجتماعى ميشناسن، و همين كافيه كه همه ى خصوصيات داستان فراموش بشن و همه ى منتقدها به جای داستان، به مفاهيم پشت داستان توجه كنن. يعنى همه ى زحمات نويسنده براى ساختن پیکره ی داستان فراموش بشه و بر باد بره.حتماً حتماً "درباره ى مسخ" ناباكوف رو بخ [...]

    • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Any day you wake up as a cockroach is a shit day.

    • Fernando said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Siempre es una necesidad para mí releer a Franz Kafka, mi escritor preferido y era esta la oportunidad de volver a surcar por cuarta vez las páginas de "La metamorfosis" (o "La transformación", según la acepción que Borges hace de "Die Verwandlung" y que sostiene como correcta). Como en otros ejemplos de la obra kafkiana, es un libro que releería cientos de veces. El poder de atracción que tiene para mí es muy fuerte y con las consiguientes lecturas y a partir del conocimiento de la vida [...]

    • Nahed.E said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      القراءة المتأنية الأولي لكافكا بعد قرائتي لخواطره وعباراته البسيطة وبعض قليل من يوماياتهو من قال إن كافكا رائد الرواية الكابوسية ؟إنه - عن جدارة - رائد الفلسفة الكابوسية ففي رأيي أن هذه الرواية تعدت حدود الأدب ، وغاصت إلي أبعد حد في أعماق الفلسفة يا عزيزي تخيل أنك تقرأ رواي [...]

    • ميقات الراجحي said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      كافكا - المتحول : شخصية شاب يجد نفسه ذات يوم وقد تحول إلى حشرة حشرة ضارة أثر تلك الضغوط الذي يتعرض لها في حياته المنزلية والعملية والأهم هو أن من تعمل لديهم لايعنيهم من أمرك شيء بل أنت مجرد بقرة حلوب بالنسبة لديهم بتعبير الأوربيين لا أحد مثل هذا المجنون كافكا في سوداويته الكئي [...]

    • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      "Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt." ("One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from restless dreams, he discovered in his bed that he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.") This novella starts with a shock, but ignores the "why" and "how" (I don't think anyone in the book ever asked either of those questions) in favor of exploring Gregor's and his family's reactions to the change a [...]

    • James said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Book Review4 out of 5 stars to The Metamorphosis, written in 1915 by Franz Kafka. I think most people are familiar with the premise of this book, and rather than do a normal review, I thought maybe I'd question how on earth Kafka came up with this one? It was such a great way to tell the story and teach a lesson a man wakes up as a giant beetle? (I secretly suspect he came across a huge cockroach in his apartment while in NYC one day). And how do you deal with such a change? Your family is afrai [...]

    • Kathy said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      Technically I read this book in German, and if I could give it zero stars, I would. I read the first sentence (in German, mind you) around 3:30 in the morning earlier this semester, and was convinced I was loosing my mind and that I couldn't be translating it right. It read: "Gregor Samsa awoke on morning to discover that he had somehow transformed into a giant cockaroach". After typing the sentence into freetranslation and finding out I actually had read and translated it correctly, I thought f [...]

    • Samra Yusuf said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      When I was a child,I used to get myself hide for some time and animatedly hear what’s everyone saying about my disappearance……we all are walled up by insecurities, incarcerated by uncertainties, captivated by absurdities and haunted by fears of losing the people we love so helplessly………Kafka touches delicate strings of relations, with such audacity and ingenuousness that Metamorphosis becomes a voice on drum even after more than 100 years of its publicationKafka’s writings largely [...]

    • Cecily said:
      Sep 18, 2018 - 19:46 PM

      NOTE: Some of the stories in this edition have also been published in separate collections, and those ones are reviewed under those titles (links included here).Many are short, poignant vignettes, rather than stories, though some have a surreal/magical angle. A definite voyeuristic slant to several (two are explicitly titled about looking through a window). Metamorphosis The provider turns parasite, and in giving up his life, liberates his family.It's a surreal situation: Gregor wakes to find hi [...]

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