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Metamorphosis, in the Penal Colony and Other Stories The Great Short Works of Franz Kafka

ISBN-10: 0684800705

ISBN-13: 9780684800707

Edition: 2000

Authors: Franz Kafka, Joachim Neugroschel, Joachim Neugroschel

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 5/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Introduction
The Early Stories
Conversation with the Worshiper
Conversation with the Drunk
Great Noise
Contemplation
Children on the Highway
Exposing a City Slicker
The Sudden Stroll
Decisions
The Outing in the Mountains
The Bachelor's Unhappiness
The Businessman
Absently Gazing Out
The Way Home
The People Running By
The Passenger
Frocks
The Rejection
Reflections for Amateur Jockeys
The Window Facing the Street
The Wish to Be an Indian
The Trees
Unhappiness
The Judgment
The Stoker
The Metamorphosis
In the Penal Colony
A Country Doctor
The New Lawyer
A Country Doctor
Up in the Gallery
An Ancient Manuscript
Before the Law
Jackals and Arabs
A Visit to the Mine
The Next Village
An Imperial Message
The Anxiety of the Head of Family
Eleven Sons
A Fratricide
A Dream
A Report for an Academy
First Sorrow
The Hunger Artist