Metamorphosis

ISBN-10: 1400052998
ISBN-13: 9781400052998
Edition: 2004
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Description: This interpretation of Kafka's classic tale about family, alienation and a giant bug demonstrates the artist's style - mixing American cartooning with German expressionism - in order to provide an updated and contemporary interpretation of this  More...

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Book details

List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

This interpretation of Kafka's classic tale about family, alienation and a giant bug demonstrates the artist's style - mixing American cartooning with German expressionism - in order to provide an updated and contemporary interpretation of this famous story.

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.

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