The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky
“This fine version, with David Cronenberg’s inspired introduction and the new translator’s beguiling afterword, is, I suspect, the most disturbing though the most comforting of all so far; others will follow, but don’t hesitate: this is the transforming text for you.”—Richard Howard Franz Kafka’s... show more
“This fine version, with David Cronenberg’s inspired introduction and the new translator’s beguiling afterword, is, I suspect, the most disturbing though the most comforting of all so far; others will follow, but don’t hesitate: this is the transforming text for you.”—Richard Howard Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella of unexplained horror and nightmarish transformation became a worldwide classic and remains a century later one of the most widely read works of fiction in the world. It is the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. This hugely influential work inspired George Orwell, Albert Camus, Jorge Louis Borges, and Ray Bradbury, while continuing to unsettle millions of readers. In her new translation of Kafka’s masterpiece, Susan Bernofsky strives to capture both the humor and the humanity in this macabre tale, underscoring the ways in which Gregor Samsa’s grotesque metamorphosis is just the physical manifestation of his longstanding spiritual impoverishment.
Publish date: January 20th 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Read For School
, German Literature
, Short Stories
Books of 1916: Part Two The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Since childhood I’ve been familiar with the plot of this short novel; people talk about it all the time because it’s so compelling. I even had the first sentence memorized thanks to my older brother. Reciting it was a warm-up exercise in s...
Oeps, dit is een erg lange samenvatting + review geworden.... Op een dag wordt Gregor wakker, en is hij veranderd in een gigantisch insect.Zo'n drastische en lichamelijk onmogelijke verandering is absurd. Ook de reacties van de karakters op deze verandering maken het verhaal des te absurder; Gregor ...
Normally I would try to write my post fairly soon after I have read a particular piece of literature, however in this instance I was meeting up with a book club today so I decided that I would hold off until after I have been to the group. I must say that this group is quite different than the other...
What an odd short novel. If you have never read this before, it is basically about a guy who wakes up as a giant bug. He can't leave his house or communicate with his family. We read his thoughts and he is very optimistic that his family will help him out. Then we see his family repulsed by him in e...
PrefaceIntroduction, by Stanley CorngoldA Chronology of Franz Kafka's Life--The MetamorphosisBackgrounds:From 'Wedding Preparations in the Country'Letters and DiariesCritical Essays:The I Without a Self, by W. H. Auden"I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting"; or, Looking at Kafka, by Philip RothFr...