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The Metamorphosis: Literary Touchstone by Franz Kafka

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Metamorphosis: Literary Touchstone Beginning with one of the most shocking first sentences in all of literature Franz Kafka details the horrific tale of an absurd life Virtually imprisoned in his room Gregor Samsa discovers that every aspect of his existence has amounted to nothing Even the struggling dysfunctional family he has sacrificed to support is thriving without his financial assistance Slowly stripped of every bit of his humanity Gregor realizes that no man s life especially his actually matters p First published in Kafka s surreal novel about living in an indifferent universe has long been considered a seminal work of Existentialist literature p p All of the humor zest and richness of language so often lost in other editions resonate in this new and exciting Prestwick House Literary Touchstone translation by M A Roberts p p The Metamorphosis includes a glossary and reader s notes to help the modern reader more fully appreciate Kafka s complex approach to the human condition p

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In the Penal Colony is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October and first published in October br br The story is set in an unnamed penal colony It describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin in a script before letting him die all in the course of twelve hours As the plot unfolds the reader learns more and more about the machine including its origin and original justification, Kafka s first and funniest novel Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who after an embarrassing sexual misadventure finds himself packed off to America by his parents Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity young Karl is swept up instead in a whirlwind of dizzying reversals strange escapades and picaresque adventures br br Although Kafka never visited America images of its vast landscape dangers and opportunities inspired this saga of the golden land Here is a startlingly modern fantastic and visionary tale of America as a place no one has yet seen in a historical period that can t be identified writes E L Doctorow in his new foreword Kafka made his novel from his own mind s mythic elements Doctorow explains and the research data that caught his eye were bent like rays in a field of gravity, 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 br br With this startling bizarre yet surprisingly funny first opening Kafka begins his masterpiece i The Metamorphosis i 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 i The Metamorphosis i 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, i The Metamorphosis and Other Stories i by b Franz Kafka b is part of the i i Barnes amp Noble Classics i i series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of i Barnes amp Noble Classics i br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest i Barnes amp Noble Classics i pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br br Virtually unknown during his lifetime b Franz Kafka b is now one of the world s most widely read and discussed authors His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre hostile and dehumanized world This vision is most fully realized in Kafka s masterpiece i The Metamorphosis i a story that is both harrowing and amusing and a landmark of modern literature br br Bringing together some of Kafka s finest work this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author s artistry i The Judgment i which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough and i The Stoker i which became the first chapter of his novel i Amerika i are here included These two along with i The Metamorphosis i form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as The Sons and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family br br Also included are i In the Penal Colony i a story of a torture machine and its operators and victims and i A Hunger Artist i about the absurdity of an artist trying to communicate with a misunderstanding public Kafka s lucid succinct writing chronicles the labyrinthine complexities the futility laden horror and the stifling oppressiveness that permeate his vision of modern life br br b Jason Baker b is a writer of short stories living in Brooklyn New York