In the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, salesmen turn into giant bugs, apes give lectures at college academies, and nightmares probe the mysteries of modern humanity's unhappiness. More than any other modern writer in world literature, Kafka captures the loneliness and misery that fill the lives of 20th-century humanity. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories reveals the author's extraordinary talent in a variety of forms-prose poems, short stories, sketches, allegories, and novelettes-and showcases the straight-faced humor, startling psychological insight, and haunting imagination for which he is revered as a modern master. In this brilliant new translation, prize-winning translator Joachim Neugroschel preserves the delicate balance, rich timbre, and wondrous language of Kafka's original works. In addition to The Metamorphosis, this collection includes Early Stories, Contemplation, The Judgement, The Stoker, In the Penal Colony, and A Country Doctor.
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by Franz Kafka
by Peter Matthiessen
by David Guterson
by Paul Theroux
by Elie Wiesel
by Billy Lee Brammer
"Welcome to the carnival world of Kafka. In addition to the title story, in which Gregor Samsa wakes to find himself transformed into a dung beetle, there are smaller stories, sketches and prose pums, depicting Kafka's tragicomic vision. This complex and baffling world is made more accessible to the reader by an excellent new translation, a helpful introduction to the Prague Jewish community of the author, and Recorded Books' own interview with the translator. George Guidall, in his earnest fashion, leaves the listener alone with Kafka. Guidall is a quiet, precise reader, who adopts just the tone needed to convey the absurd madness of this world without letting it become grotesque. P.E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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