The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0553213695 / 9780553213690

"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 it's 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."

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    The Metamorphosis Reviews

  • Miranda Reads

    UPDATE MARCH 2020 Hi.It's me.Your friendly neighborhood reader.You all want to know why people don't like reading the classics? Try reading the comments.I didn't like this book and wrote a jokey re...

  • Rebecca

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

  • Dan Schwent

    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...

  • Gaurav

    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 ...

  • Petra-X

    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...

  • Nicole

    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...

  • Henry Avila

    Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed... incredibly Gregor...

  • Adina

    4* for the novella + 1* for Benedict Cumberbatch narration ( I adore his voice). A family (mother, father and sister) are forced to become responsible and find jobs when the son, the sole provider of ...

  • JV (semi-hiatus)

    My ever dearest Kafka,It has come to my attention that you've left a manuscript behind pertaining to the extermination of vermins. So my eccentric little self decided to pick up a copy of yours hoping...

  • Glenn Russell

    Kafka’s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives. Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter. ...