Franz Kafka Jason Baker
- Title: Metamorphosis and Other Stories
- Author: Franz Kafka Jason Baker
- ISBN: 9781411432680
- Page: 359
- Format: ebook
This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka s works that he thought worthy of publication It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity The Stoker, the first chaThis collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka s works that he thought worthy of publication It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America and a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka s eyewitness account of an air display in 1909 Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka s literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.
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The Metaphormosis - a tiny taleThe field lay sparkling in the sun. The cold night had covered it with a white blanket which the grass was now reluctant to shed. The distant sun did not mind the ground’s slumber. It gazed benevolently down to the field and saw shimmers of its big bright self reflected in the small flakes that had bundled together into an untouched canvas of astonishing whiteness. Everything was still. Birds flew over in silence, forest creatures stayed under the trees and dared [...]
I suspect interpreting Kafka says more about the reader than the author so here's some insight into my psyche:Gregor's family are losers. Gregor takes over the "bread winner" position after his father's business fails and provides enough money for the family to live as well as help to pay down the large debt his father's business incurred. The rest of them are fine to let him and sit on their asses. Gregor's father is perfectly healthy, but is happy to mooch too. Then, we find out that his fathe [...]
I first met Kafka’s haunting prose while staying in Prague. Not even a year gone by and I find myself re-reading him again, trying once more to decipher what hidden messages might be found in his daunting short stories.After having read his tales twice I have come to the conclusion that there is no use in trying to deconstruct the unrealistic situations of the imaginary worlds he created, there is no need to unveil any encrypted symbolism in order to weave out some sort of moral code from his [...]
It's totally kafkaesque (youtube/watch?v=gpAVa6)I would have given this collection 5 stars based on "The Metamorphosis" alone. The rest of the pages could have been filled with grocery lists, recipes, driving directions, what have you, I would still have given it 5 stars. But the thing is, there are so many other stellar stories in this collection, five stars seems like an insult. "The Judgement" astounded me; "A Hunger Artist" captivated me; "In the Penal Colony" sickened me. I still find mysel [...]
Do not, under any circumstances, believe any of the introductions to Kafka books especially if they tell you that there is no point of trying to interpret, read into, or analyze Kafka's writing, and that it just is; read it for its poetic prose and for the beauty of the stories BULLSHIT!!!If you have any sense at all, you will read Kafka, and you will read into the stories, you will come up with hidden messages, and you will see the politics and sociology in it, and it will mess up with your hea [...]
واقعاً مسخکننده بود. تو هر پنجداستان، قدم بهقدم وارد لایههای زیر داستان میشیم. کلماتـو بذارین کنار و از ورای پردهشون، هنرنمایی نویسنده رو ببینین. اینمجموعه پُر از نماده. بهتر بگم، نشانه؛ چون بخش اعظمی رو نویسنده برای خوانندهش تشریح میکنه و ما فقط باید اینا ر [...]
Read a book originally written in a different language.Finally writing a review of this thing that I really don't wanna write. Because I'm really being generous with two stars because I really hated reading this thing. Probably why I read it in February and only now posting a review, because I feel like an asshole slamming a piece of world literature that has been read so many times by so many people, is taught in classrooms around the world, and has a lot of things to say. Oh well, I plead the [...]
Maybe could be titled Metaphor. When one starts to bug one's parents, it's time to move out.
I didn’t want to like Kafka. When I first heard of him, I classified him as one of those writers people like so they can have some self-validation about their intelligence, like an association with college professors of something. I decided to try Kafka after a Breaking Bad episode entitled “Kafkaesque.” A humorous moment in the episode shows one of the main characters, a recovering meth addict and dealer, talking in a street-slang vernacular and saying something to his partner like, “Yo [...]
This book is composed of 6 short stories by Franz Kafka. The writing is glorious and the storytelling is engaging. However, most of the messages are unclear to me. I just don't see the point of reading these except to savor Kafka's eccentrically beautiful prose and give oneself a chance to pick his/her own takeaway when he/she is finally done reading the whole book the book.Metamorphosis. 3 STARSI really felt sad for Gregor Samsa. He is the family breadwinner because he is the only one working i [...]
Okay, I guess the first thing that I should mention is that I didn't actually read the "other stories", mainly because those other stories were not attached to my nookbook version of this short novel. Of course, I selected the wrong version of this work from the 10,000,000 options that provided and now it's just too complicated to change editions so . . . on to my review.I have this obsessive need to write a review on everything I read. Not because I think anyone really cares, but because my li [...]
I plan to finish Kafka's complete shorts (and Amerika) eventually, but I have to read this guy slowly, no more than one or two stories a day, because he gets overwhelming otherwise. I don't know if it's possible to say anything new about these shadowy parables on human loneliness, but they're some of the most profound and powerful fiction ever set to paper. Kafka's protagonists gaze into the abyss and sometimes cower in terror but other times laugh, and for as petty and as spiteful as they often [...]
La metamorfosis es una novela corta inquietante, seductora. Me ha sorprendido el estilo de Kafka, es muy dinámico y te mantiene en tensión de una manera magistral. Como novela perfecta, a pesar del drama que sufre Gregor me he reído bastante y el mensaje es desesperanzador sin embargo los cuentos que le acompañan ya son otra cosa. Podemos leer un montón de cuentos sobre bichos en los que se encuentran joyitas como El Buitre y otros que pasan desapercibidos. De lectura obligada, además se l [...]
Riddle me this…… why is it that Kafka is praised for having a continuous theme of ‘alienation and anxiety in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world’ (taken right from the introduction by Kafka-aficionado Jason Baker) but Art Alexaksis of Everclear is constantly derided for never giving up the theme of his parent’s divorce and family instability in his suburban American life? Really, who is more pigeonholed and obsessed with a single theme; a guy who puts a few 3-minute, 3-chord, has [...]
4.5Ediciones de libros como este no traen sinopsis. Son ediciones que se hacen especialmente para la edición impresa de algún periódico o revista (supongo que como regalo). O al menos eso parece. Este por ejemplo estaba envuelto en plástico nuevo y en tapa dura. Lo compré baratísimo junto a otros clásicos de la literatura universal en la feria del libro el año pasado. Mi historia con este libro es algo larga, ya que lo tenía que leer el año pasado para clase de literatura pero no lo co [...]
A pesar de los extraordinarios cuentos que trae esta edición, es La metamorfosis la más impactante y la más destacada. Nadie que haya leído u oído hablar de la metamorfosis podrá borrar de su cabeza a ese extraño personaje que por la mañana se despierta convertido en un insecto. Una imagen imperecedera, que Kafka supo plasmar en la mente de todos sus lectores. La transformación Kafkiana, la metamorfosis de un hombre en un insecto, un cambio en apariencia drástico y fantástico; sucede [...]
There is a particular reason why Franz Kafka's works have come to be defined by the style of 'Kafkaesque'. Like Mervyn Peake in his Gormenghast works, Kafka defines his own style and ways of writing - working in a genre that is not quite pure fiction and not quite non-fiction. That is to say that Kafka mixes reality and imagination in a way that few writers can. His style is his own in a haunting way that does not quite fit into any genre. Is he a realist? Is he Gothic? Is he a romance author? I [...]
مسخ ١١/مهر"مسخ" و "در سرزمين محكومان" عالي بود !كافكا يه نابغه ست ، يه اسطوره ستبه اين مجموعه ٥ ستاره ميدم ولي اين به معني اين نيست كه به داستان كوتاه علاقه مند شده باشم !!
This made me feel uncomfortable in a number of ways, not least because I seriously identified with a man-sized insect. Kafka's prose here is very spartan and descriptive, devoid of metaphor, and the effect is to show the horrifying events of the novella in unflinchingly crisp detail. I would rate the book higher but to be honest it just didn't affect me in that many ways, nor do I anticipate that it will stay with me for a significant length of time. The only story I can think to compare it to i [...]
whilst other german authors delve in complex syntax and elongated words, Kafka has chosen the simplicity of his purest language. the hardest work would be to translate him, as it's not his words that differentiate him, but the meaning he coats them with. it has been a pleasure to pick on his simplest structures, because he seems to be generating depth out of nowhere. i enjoyed both his writing and his stories, where he combines imaginative situations with the dirty, mundane world. plus, i'm real [...]
ترجمه ی علی اصغر حداد فوق العاده بود بنظرم از بین بقیه ی ترجمه ها و در مقایسه با ترجمه ی انگلیسی ای که پیشتر خونده بودم"ادمها اغلب خود را با آزادی فریب میدهند.همانطور که آزادی از والاترین احساس ها به شمار می آید،فریب حاصل از آن هم جزو والاترین فریب هاست"-گزارشی به فرهنگستان"وقتی [...]
I read The Metamorphosis for the third of fourth time while reading this collection and it still blows me miles away. The absolute horror and poignancy and multiple angles of interpretation are just brilliant. It’s possible this is the best short story every written.The other stories also drip with agony and imagination. Kafka's pain over his strained relationship with his father gave us these beautiful and important pieces and oh, how lucky we are.
My first date with F. Kafka and his gothic tales was in my school years. The impression, it gave me, is the same - a negative and pessimistic picture of the world: black color gives the tone for almost everything and if there is a ray of hope, it is short-lived, because it is swallowed by the dark night. Despair rules the stories, because everything seems pointless. The thing that surprised me at first is that it is really simple to read Kafka’s stories. There aren’t any long and boring desc [...]
Well, let's just say I much prefer Kafka's short fiction - I connected with this a lot more than with The Trial. Now that I've read a bit more of his writing, I really feel that people over-analyse Kafka: they read meaning and metaphor and parable in everything. To me, The Metamorphosis reads like a straightforward account of a fantastical situation. This is simply a writer who gets pleasure out of imagination and exploration. He asks the question, "I wonder what would happen if one day I woke u [...]
An amazing collection of shorter works by Kafka. For my money, “In the Penal Colony” is the entry that will, likely, prove the most memorable—perhaps, it’s due to my recently reading Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great or it might be owing to my being midway in Sam Harris’ The End of Faith, but I kept picturing an Inquisitor in the role of the ‘officer’ and wishing that the story had been true. I’m likely to have appreciated the entire collection more had I taken more time t [...]
Aside from the introduction by Anne Rice, which should be skipped, this is a good collection and great introduction to Kafka. "The Metamorphosis," "In the Penal Colony," and "The Judgment" are worth it alone. But Schocken includes three collections of short stories in this volume, all of them filled with amazing moments. "A Hunger Artist" might be my favorite, but there are many others that left me a little in awe of Kafka's abilities.Reading Franz isn't particularly difficult, at least not most [...]
Wow, what an incredible selection of satirical, philosophical and existential stories by Franz Kafka. Unbelievable insight into the human condition, with great humour and philosophical depth. This is certainly due a re-read, each year. Genius writing and even more genius imagination. Quite possibly the greatest short story collection you'll ever read.
Changing the rating to five stars. Because this book had an excellent introduction. And it is no easy job to introduce Kafka. And how do you make an introduction to Kafka excellent, by including his short stories in there. ( Point in case. Before the law and the Emperor's message )All hail Kafka.
Kafka is mindblowing. I wish I could have met him. In this collection is a story titled 'In the Penal Colony' - one of the most horrific tales I've ever read. I salute your spirit, Mr. Kafka!
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