Sunday, April 29, 2007

Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis (1916)


Written by Franz Kafka

Paperback, 224 pagesBantam Classics Fiction - Classics February 1972 $5.95 978-0-553-21369-0 (0-553-21369-5)

Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883. His parents sent him to schools that taught in the German language. Consequently, he wrote his stories in that language. He was well educated, earning a law degree in 1906 and was employed in the insurance industry. He contracted tuberculosis which restricted his physical activities. After writing The Metamorphosis, he brought it to his writers club where everyone had a good laugh. Soon after he had it published.

The Metamorphosis

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. “
He lived with and supported his parents and younger sister Greta, by his employment as a traveling salesman. Since he could no longer work, the other members of the family declared, “What a calamity has befallen us!” Now they had to work and earn a living! When the “monstrous verminous bug” finally died, they realize that it is they that have metamorphed ... ... ... into productive people with better futures ahead.

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