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The Metamorphosis

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The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka; Stanley Corngold (trans & ed)

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ISBN 10
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ISBN 13
9780553211962
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Toronto: Bantam Classics, October 1981. Mass Market Paperback. Near Fine. Interior unmarked. Spine straight, tight and uncreased but faded. Crease to front hinge. Covers clean and bright. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xxii + 201 pages.

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, "The Metamorphosis." It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation.

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Franz Kafka was born in 1833 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka's feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent. Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919). Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000000171
Title
The Metamorphosis
Author
Franz Kafka; Stanley Corngold (trans & ed)
Format/binding
Mass Market Paperback
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
055321196X
ISBN 13
9780553211962
Publisher
Bantam Classics
Place of Publication
Toronto
Date published
October 1981
Size
12mo
Keywords
fiction, literature, classics
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction; Europe; Humor, Comedy, Satire, Funny stuff; Domestic and Family Fiction;
Size
12mo

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