Metamorphosis and Other Stories

ISBN-10: 0143105248
ISBN-13: 9780143105244
Edition: 2008 (Deluxe)
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Description: For the 125th anniversary of Kafkas birth, an astonishing new translation of his best-known stories, in a spectacular graphic package For all his fame, Franz Kafka published only a small number of stories in his lifetime. This new translation of  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

For the 125th anniversary of Kafkas birth, an astonishing new translation of his best-known stories, in a spectacular graphic package For all his fame, Franz Kafka published only a small number of stories in his lifetime. This new translation of those stories, by Michael Hofmann, one of the most respected German-to-English translators at work today, makes Kafkas best-known works available to a new generation of readers. Metamorphosisgives full expression to the breadth of Kafkas literary vision and the extraordinary depth of his imagination.

Franz Kafka was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, of middle-class Jewish parents. He apparently suffered a great deal of psychological pain at a young age at the hands of his domineering father. He took a law degree at the German University of Prague, then obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian government. Always neurotic, insecure, and filled with a sense of inadequacy, Kafka's writing is a search for personal fulfillment and understanding. He wrote very slowly and deliberately, publishing very little in his lifetime. At his death he asked a close friend to burn his remaining manuscripts , but the friend refused the request. Instead the friend arranged for publication Kafka's longer stories, which have since brought him worldwide fame and have influenced many contemporary writers. Kafka's stories are nightmarish tales in which a helpless central character's every move is controlled by heartless, impersonal forces. An example is his 1938 psychological thriller, "The Metamorphosis." The story centers around a salesman named Gregor, who wakes up one morning and finds he is no longer a man but a giant insect. In today's increasingly complex, technological, and bureaucratic societies, Kafka has found a growing audience of sympathetic readers who understand the feeling of powerlessness Kafka's heroes experienced.

Michael Hofmann won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for Roth's The Tale of the 1002nd Night by Joseph Roth.

Contemplation (1913)
Children on the Road
Unmasking a Confidence Trickster
The Sudden Walk
Resolutions
The Excursion into the Mountains
The Plight of the Bachelor
The Businessman
Looking out Distractedly
The Way Home
The Men Running Past
The Passenger
Dresses
The Rejection
For the Consideration of Amateur Jockeys
The Window on to the Street
Desire to be a Red Indian
The Trees
Being Unhappy
The Judgement: A Story For F. (1913)
The Stoker: A Fragment (1913)
Metamorphosis (1913)
In the Penal Colony (1919)
A Country Doctor: Short Prose for my Father (1920)
The New Advocate
A Country Doctor
In the Gallery
An Old Journal
Before the Law
Jackals and Arabs
A Visit to the Mine
The Neighbouring Village
A Message from the Emperor
The Worries of a Head of Household
Eleven Sons
A Fratricide
A Dream
A Report to an Academy
A Hunger-Artist: Four Stories (1924)
First Sorrow
A Little Woman
A Hunger-Artist
Josefine, the Singer, or The Mouse People
Appendix
Aeroplanes in Brescia (1909)
Great Noise (1912)
The Coal-Scuttle Rider (1921)

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