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Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

By Franz Kafka, Jason Baker (Introduction by), Donna Freed, Booth Tarkington (Introduction by), Barbara Young (Contributor), Scott Preissler (Contributor), Diane Thompson & Steve Thompson
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2003
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593080298  
EAN  9781593080297  

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"The Metamorphosis and Other Stories," by Franz Kafka, is part of the ""Barnes & Noble Classics" "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 "Barnes & Noble Classics":
  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Franz Kafka 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, ""The Metamorphosis,"" a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature.

    Bringing together some of Kafka's finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author's artistry. ""The Judgment,"" which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and ""The Stoker,"" which became the first chapter of his novel "Amerika," are here included. These two, along with ""The Metamorphosis,"" form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as "The Sons," and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family.

    Also included are ""In the Penal Colony,"" a story of a torture machine and its operators and victims, and ""A Hunger Artist,"" 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. Jason Baker is a writer of short stories living in Brooklyn, New York.

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    More About Franz Kafka, Jason Baker, Donna Freed, Booth Tarkington, Barbara Young, Scott Preissler, Diane Thompson & Steve Thompson

    Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including "The Metamorphosis," "The Judgment," and "The Stoker." He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.

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    Reviews - What do our customers think?
    Good Deal  Jun 21, 2007
    Some of the other editions are about the same price but only has the Metamorphosis, while this includes a lot more!
    Kafka's Best  Jun 3, 2007
    This is a definitive collection of the short work of Franz Kafka, encompassing all of the greatest moods of his writing. The following stories are included.

    The Judgment is a tale of what is and what is not. A young man reveals, through a letter, that he's engaged. He reveals this to an estranged friend in St. Petersburg, but then things start to unravel as he's undone by his father's probing and accusations. His father questions him extensively and demoralizes him, while revealing his own frailty.

    The Metamorphosis. What can I say about this classic that hasn't been said by many more insightful and austere than myself? What I love about the story is that the action has occurred before the tale begins and the whole story is the aftermath, the coping, the results. It's quite a bit of masterful technique to pull that off.

    In the Penal Colony is a devilish story of torture, execution and the morality of punishment. A machine is used for capital punishment and it's greatest advocate is a salesman for its continued use. Wicked.

    A Country Doctor deals with Kafka's own issues of faith as told through a story about a doctor's ability or inability to treat patients. It's very much a theological tale, questioning faith and the foundations of morality. Kafka was an unbeliever but in this story he gives a fair analysis of the possibility of a greater power.

    A Report to an Academy is the most fun of all the Kafka stories. At least to me. It's the story of an outsider trying to fit in - the ape rejecting his ape past, his heredity, his roots. It's the Jew rejecting his Jewish heritage. It's the European abandoning Europe for the promises of America. It's a grand journey told through an ape that takes on humanism in order to advance beyond his station, yet revealing that this is a false promise because one's true nature can't be avoided, can't be buried.

    This volume ought to be, and probably is, required reading for all educated people.

    - CV Rick
    Metamorphosis and Other Stories  Nov 16, 2006
    "Metamorphosis" might be the most famous, but the one really caught me was "In the Penal Settlement". I felt the same feeling as in "The Foreigner" by Albert Camus. The heat, the existentialism, the calmness and the meaning(less) of life in a whole different dimension.
    At the same time "The Burrow" and "Investigation of a dog" were incomprehensible to me...
    Almost Three Stars  Mar 27, 2006
    I love these Barnes & Nobles Classics editions and have read several others--and have a full shelf more to read!

    Having never read Kafka before, I really appreciated the Introduction and other extras to help me understand more about his life. I would give "The Metamorphosis" and "In the Penal Colony" three stars but I just couldn't get into the other stories.
    I understood "Josephine the Singer, or The Mouse People" about as much as I understand the Chris Kattan asexual "Mango" sketches from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. I thought pages 156 to 157 were great but I just didn't get the rest of it.

    What I did find interesting was reading about Kafka's life in the "World of Kafka" and the Introduction--reading that he belonged to a German-speaking Jewish family in Prague--and then reading "In the Penal Colony," originally published in 1919. I could not stop imagining Nazi uniforms during the story. As the officer dispassionately describes the grotesque efficiency of the torture machine, I could not help but think of the calm but chilling tone of actual Nazi concentration camp officers. That most of Kafka's surviving family would be wiped out in Nazi death camps during World War II years after his death is a frightening footnote to his stories.
    Good reading  May 22, 2005
    The metamorphosis is perhaps Kafka's most famous story. It is about a man who suddenly wakes up as horrible creature (whose appearence is left to the imagination of the reader). His whole life changes and his room becomes his world. His family begins to forget him as he becomes an embarassment for them. The end comes as unexpected as the metarphosis itself.
    I found the other stories not as interesting as the described above, and some of them have a very strange end, if we can call it so.

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