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  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372555
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

Metamorphosis and Other Stories




A collection of Kafka's greatest stories, including his famous tale of alienation, now in Penguin Black Classics.

Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann

'When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed'

Kafka's masterpiece of unease and black humour, Metamorphosis, the story of an ordinary man transformed into an insect, is brought together in this collection with the rest of his works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America; and a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka's eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of his literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.

  • Pub date: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372555
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was born into a Jewish family in Prague. In 1906 he received a doctorate in jurisprudence, and for many years he worked a tedious job as a civil service lawyer investigating claims at the State Worker's Accident Insurance Institute. He never married, and published only a few slim volumes of stories during his lifetime. Meditation, a collection of sketches, appeared in 1912; The Stoker: A Fragment in 1913; Metamorphosis in 1915; The Judgement in 1916; In the Penal Colony in 1919; and A Country Doctor in 1920. The great novels were not published until after his death from tuberculosis: America, The Trial and The Castle.

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