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    The Metamorphosis & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by John R. Williams, Introduction by John R. Williams, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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    DescriptionThis selection of Kafka's shorter prose writings includes one of the few works published during his lifetime: the harrowing story of Gregor Samsa's overnight transformation into a verminous insect, his record of the effect of this sudden metamorphosis on himself and the reaction of his family. It conveys with an unsettling mixture of subjective involvement and objective detachment the complex feelings of guilt, affection, responsibility and self-doubt that characterise Kafka's perception of intimate emotional relationships - themes that are continued in the quasi-fictional story The Judgement and the quasi-autobiographical Letter to his Father. Issues of guilt, punishment and penance are also treated with startling brutality in the story set in a tropical penal colony that describes in horrific detail a machine designed to inflict an ingenious and barbaric form of execution on victims of a summary and arbitrary justice - a machine, however, that in this instance destroys not its intended victim, but its zealous operator and, simultaneously, itself. Kafka's enigmatic fables deal, often in dark and quirkily humorous terms, with the insoluble dilemmas of a world in which there appears to be no reassurance, no reliable guidance to resolving our existential and emotional uncertainties and anxieties.


 

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    Title
    The Metamorphosis & Other Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Franz Kafka, Translated by John R. Williams, Introduction by John R. Williams, Series edited by Tom Griffith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 115 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840226720
    ISBN 10: 1840226722
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FYB, FC
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    DC21: 833.912
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FYT, FYB
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Herts
    Review quote
    aI think of a Kafka story as a perfect work of literary art, as approachable as it is strange, and as strange as it is approachable.a aMichael Hofmann