METAMORPHOSIS AND OTHER STORIES


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METAMORPHOSIS AND OTHER STORIES

FRANZ KAFKA    Book Number: 65538    Product format: Paperback

Translated and with an introduction by John R. Williams, this 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 on the effect of his 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 writing. These 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, a machine that destroys not only its intended victim, but its zealous operator and simultaneously, itself. Dark, quirkily humorous and enigmatic fables. 158pp in new Wordsworth paperback.
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ISBN 9781840226720
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