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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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Nov 14, 1995 | ISBN 9780805210576

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“Kafka’s survey of the insectile situation of young Jews in inner Bohemia can hardly be improved upon: ‘With their posterior legs they were still glued to their father’s Jewishness and with their wavering anterior legs they found no new ground.’ There is a sense in which Kafka’s Jewish question (‘What have I in common with Jews?’) has become everybody’s question, Jewish alienation the template for all our doubts. What is Muslimness? What is femaleness? What is Polishness? These days we all find our anterior legs flailing before us. We’re all insects, all Ungeziefer, now.”
—Zadie Smith
“Kafka engaged in no technical experiments whatsoever; without in any way changing the German language, he stripped it of its involved constructions until it became clear and simple, like everyday speech purified of slang and negligence. The common experience of Kafka’s readers is one of general and vague fascination, even in stories they fail to understand, a precise recollection of strange and seemingly absurd images and descriptions—until one day the hidden meaning reveals itself to them with the sudden evidence of a truth simple and incontestable.”
—Hannah Arendt 

Table Of Contents

Conversation with the Supplicant
    Children on a Country Road
    Unmasking a Confidence Trickster
    The Sudden Walk
    Excursion into the Mountains
    Bachelor’s III Luck
    The Tradesman
    Absent-minded Window-gazing
    The Way Home
    On the Tram
    Reflections for Gentlemen-Jockeys
    The Street Window
    The Wish to Be a Red Indian
    The Trees
The Judgment
The Metamorphosis
A Country Doctor
    The New Advocate
    A Country Doctor
    Up in the Gallery
    An Old Manuscript
    Before the Law
    Jackals and Arabs
    A Visit to a Mine
    The Next Village
    An Imperial Message
    The Cares of a Family Man
    Eleven Sons
    A Fratricide
    A Dream
    A Report to an Academy
    The Bucket Rider

In the Penal Colony
A Hunger Artist
    First Sorrow
    A Little Woman
    A Hunger Artist
    Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk
    The First Long Train Journey, by Max Brod and Franz Kafka
    The Aeroplanes at Brescia
    Three Critical Pieces
    Epilogue by Max Brod

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