The Metamorphosis
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The Metamorphosis

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As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like 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, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."

Title:The Metamorphosis
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0553213695
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:201 pages

    The Metamorphosis Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    May 03, 2011

    Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he's been transformed into a giant beetle-like creature. Can he and his family adjust to his new form?The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot o...

  • Rebecca
    Oct 24, 2009

    I once used my copy to kill a beetle. Thereby combining my two passions: irony and slaughter. *wields*...

  • Ken
    Feb 04, 2009

    Endlessly dissected, ripped apart, its guts laid out on a slab, sewn back together, reconstructed, reinterpreted, misunderstood, misinterpreted, parodied, plagiarized, overanalyzed, and sadly sometime...

  • Huda Yahya
    Jun 05, 2016

    كم مرة رغب كافكا في الموت؟كم مرة أراد التلاشي من هذا العالم؟كم مرة شعر بالغربة حتى عن ذاته؟إن كان التورية تعر...

  • Nikki
    Dec 04, 2013

    Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him. Though the underlying story behind the hilarity o...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Jan 10, 2017

    Arabic/English ReviewFirst read I got that impression: pretty disgusted yet very sadقرائتي الأولي لها شعرت بشئ من الحزن والكثير من القرف والاشمئزاز...

  • Petra Eggs
    Dec 15, 2016

    A paraphrase. When my ex-husband went out one evening from unsettling dreams of how faraway his wife was, he went out drinking and whoring. Next morning he found himself changed in his bed into a mons...

  • Gaurav
    Aug 27, 2016

    The MetamorphosisFranz KafkaThe Metamorphosis can quite easily be one of Franz Kafka’s best works of literature- one of the best in Existentialist literature. The author shows the struggle of human ...

  • Ahmad  Ebaid
    Jul 10, 2016

    إنه أحمق عندما ينفق حياته على أحد, فلن يهتموا به أبداً عندما يصبح مسخاً !!...

  • s.penkevich
    Sep 08, 2015

    It was no dream.Gregor Samsa awakes one day, changed forever. How unpredictable is life, one moment leading to a new labyrinth of existence where forward is the only motion available, our scars and ch...

About Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.His stories include The Metamorpho