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Profesorul de literatura comparata David Kepesh, personajul central al cartii, se trezeste intr-o dimineata si isi da seama ca trupul sau a suferit o schimbare uluitoare. Daca Gregor Samsa al lui Kafka se metamorfozeaza intr-un gindac, personajul lui Roth devine un sin imens, cintarind 75 de kilograme. Kepesh refuza la inceput sa accepte noua realitate, incercind sa se con ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 156 pages
Published 2006 by Polirom (first published 1972)
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Jan 24, 2013 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toilet-paper
Pre-read: Titilating.

Post-read: The titular tit is a tit.

This has to be something from Roth's early days, thrust later on his publisher who, given Roth's previous track record, must have said, "Sure, why not?"

The stunning characters, the sense of place, the underlying history, and the story itself all combined to make "Conversion of the Jews" one of the best short stories I've ever read.

But this. This is bullshit.

It had potential. A guy awakes one morning to find himself changed into a femal
Feb 04, 2008 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if Philip Roth sat down and said "I want to write Metamorphosis again, but instead of the story being fascinating I'm going to make it mildly amusing. Oh, also, instead of a giant bug, my character is going to turn into a giant boob. Yeah. Good times". I don't know how much of my moderate disliking of this had to do with the actual story, and how much had to do with the fact that I found the image of a giant consious boob repulsive. That being said, I liked that the character figured, e ...more
Мартин Касабов

Представям си разговора между Рот и издателя на книгата да е протекъл по следния начин:
- Слушай, Рот, трябва ми нещо ново.
- Лари (примерно) нямам нищо готово.
- Няма значение. Искам да е кратко, сексуално и шокиращо. Забъркай пак глупостите, които беше чел от Фройд. Сложи и щипка от еврейския въпрос.
- Ами... какво ще кажеш за новела от 90 стр., в която главният герой се превръща в женска гърда?
- ТОВА Е! Гениално! Ти го заби от първия път! Чакам р
Mar 05, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indecisa su cosa leggere ho afferrato questo piccolo volume dalla mia libreria e ho letto le prime righe per farmi un'idea dello stile di questo autore.
Premetto che non ho mai letto nulla di Roth ma che ero estremamente curiosa di approcciarmi a qualcuna delle sue opere.
Devo ammettere che, inaspettatamente, ho trovato questo racconto molto interessante.
Breve ma intenso, paradossale e grottesco, a tratti inquietante ed ironico.
David Kepesh, docente di letteratura, si sveglia una mattina e scop
An imaginative take on Kafka's Metamorphosis. Roth not only pays homage to Kafka, but in some ways offers a possible explanation to how Gregor Samsa found himself changed into a beetle. In The Breast, Kepesh eventually imagines that he has not morphed at all, but has suffered some sort of deep psychological breakdown, and only imagines he's a breast. A similar idea is often suggested by readers when trying to understand Kafka.

Recommended for Roth fans and Kafka fans.
мини тяло
Jul 08, 2015 мини тяло rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
И преди съм чувала, че Филип Рот не е лъжица за всяка уста. То пък кой ли автор е, въобще универсалността в литературата май е химера, ако изключим Библията, но пък нея не съм я чела.
Рот е роден през 33-а на миналия век в Нюарк, Джърси. Зодия риби. Ще кажете, че това няма значение, но смея да твърдя, че има. Нота бене за мен си: да проверя зодиите на любимите си писатели.
В училище е познат като ученик с чувство за хумор, което - естествено - си личи в книгата. Самият ѝ сюжет е толкова абсурден,
Vishnu Vardhan
Jul 20, 2015 Vishnu Vardhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Kafka's Metamorphosis and Samsa turn 100 today, I read Roth's take on it from about 35 years ago. And I shall commit literary sacrilege by declaring that I liked this more than Metamorphosis.
On the face of it, Roth's David Kepesh turns into a 6 foot breast but the novella explores in detail his depraved psyche and not mere external reactions to it. His Kepesh then becomes a literary double for Roth's other more illustrious characters, be it Alexander Portnoy, Zuckerman, or in fact Roth himse
Jun 30, 2009 Wyatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He turns in a boob, literally.:) This isn't a bad book to read when you're sitting around aimlessly for a few days as I am...and it's a nice, short book--obviously a 1,000 page epic about a man-boob would be impressive, but hard to imagine....

What's interesting is the tension between the absurdity of his reality and his tendency to want to think of his predicament as merely allegorical. He has to cede to the logic of his health status and the reality checks of his doctor more than his literary
aPriL does feral sometimes
So. A college literature professor, David Kepesh, turns into a female breast that is 6 feet long and weighs 155 pounds. He is placed in a hospital room on the 7th floor while doctors puzzle over his transformation. His girlfriend of three years, Claire loyally visits him everyday as does his father. He is blind, but he can hear and speak through his navel. Since he cannot see, he tries to rationalize his condition in all kinds of ways that anyone would, including guessing he may be insane and st ...more
Ubik 2.0
Aug 18, 2016 Ubik 2.0 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-book
Scherzo d’Autore

Superato non senza difficoltà lo sconcerto iniziale, si cerca di comprendere i motivi che possono aver spinto un autore del calibro di Roth ad un tuffo senza rete nel registro grottesco-surreale, con evidenti richiami allo scarafaggio di Kafka o al naso di Gogol che lo stesso io-narrante (l’esimio professor David Kepesh) cita come possibili istigatori culturali al suo precipitare in un incubo esistenziale senza uguali.

A differenza del compatto racconto di Kafka, qui il timbro esp
May 05, 2009 Manny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot is similar to Kafka's Metamorphosis, but he turns into a giant breast rather than a giant cockroach. I just couldn't get with this book. Maybe I'm not interested enough in breasts? But I'm male, so that seems unlikely. I give up.
Tapani Aulu
Tuotanoin, joko olis pitänyt lukea Kafkan Metamorfosis (muiden arvosteluista päätellen) tai olisi pitänyt vetää samoja aineita kuin Roth tätä kirjoittaessaan. Muuten tästä ei kyllä irtoa mitään. Tai sitten tää on joku vedonlyönnin tulos: "Tonni vetoa ettet pysty kirjoittamaan 100 sivun kirjaa siitä kuin joku mies muuttuu tissiksi".
In the same vein as Gregor Samsa (the male protagonist of Kafka's Metamorphosis, who woke up one morning to realize, to his horror, that he had metamorphosed into a gigantic roach-like creature), David Kepesh (the male protagonist of Philip Roth's novella, The Breast), wakes up one day only to find that he has morphed into a female breast— a 155-lb. female breast!!!

This novella is highly philosophical. It's grotesque... and weird... and wonderful. It's Contemporary American Literature at its f
The only person in America without a six-foot Roth hard-on, I surprisingly enjoyed The Breast, a satire based on those fantastical stories I love so much, Metamorphosis and The Nose, and wherein the hero's absurd misfortune subjects him to despair of an existential nature.

I was particularly pleased at the arc of the comparative-literature-professor-turned-female-breast's psychological metamorphosis, executed with precision ala Kafka, and with both humor and compassion ala Gogol. Most enjoyable t
Megan Baxter
I just...did not get this. I didn't dislike it, I wasn't offended by it, I was just...baffled. I don't get what he's trying to do or say or what the deeper hidden meaning might be. If there was one, it flew right over my head.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Ioannis Savvas
Jun 25, 2016 Ioannis Savvas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Η μεταμόρφωση του Kafka με αρκετή δόση χιούμορ.
Oct 10, 2016 Jandri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La sombra de "la metamorfosis" es alargada
Admittedly, I only read this book because I found it on the free shelf of a community outreach center in Woodstock, New York -- a town in which Philip Roth once lived!

Now that Philip Roth has officially and publicly stopped writing, the reassessment of his novels has begun -- which conveniently omits “The Breast,” another of his sexual jokes (published in 1972). “The Breast” is hardly even a novel; arguably it's just a long short story. It's about an English professor who is transformed, "betwee
Nov 19, 2015 Palivo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Chápu, že je docela možné, že se někdo přes noc stane ňadrem, protože já se běžně v noci stávám kokotem. Z tohoto důvodu, a taky trochu proto, že shodou okolností mají prsa všechny moje oblíbené pornoherečky, jsem se rozhodl, že dám Filipovi ještě jednu šanci, potom co mě dost zklamal svým Nemesisem, který byl tak zábavný asi jako tlačit auto nebo prát úplně čistý povlečení.

Ňadro je vcelku rychlá, svěží a přímočará cesta po duševních pochodech člověka, který se promění v kozu. 92 stran je tak a
Andrew Schirmer
Kafka's "Transformation" re-imagined by Roth. The point seems to be that male sexual desire cannot be crushed, even if the man in question is turned into a 154 lb breast. Short, funny, and certainly worth the twenty minutes it takes to read it.
I am hesitant to write much right now because id love to read the Metamorphosis before i do, to see the similarities, and differences. But yes it is a sort of ode to Kafka, or a plain steal, though an acknowledged one at that. But I'm not sure if this hasn't been read all wrong; or that maybe i did and in doing so enjoyed it more. I don't think Roth here is really talking about sex, or its various ways of expressing, fantasy etc. I think the metaphor here is the Breast is Fame? And when famous o ...more
Bill LaBrie
Sep 01, 2014 Bill LaBrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Self-consciously sensual, riddled by guilt, fighting for objective consciousness while aware of its interpretation of itself, shameless yet shameful, desirous yet self-doubting: A neurotic man becomes a 155-lb neurotic breast in Roth's enjoyable and funny foray into transmogrification.

As he's lying in the hammock improvised in the hospital room to support a giant man-mammary, David Alan Kepesh is troubled by his mother's passing, his desire to return to the womb, his disastrous marriage, his ex
Elliot Ratzman
It was embarrassing reading this book on the subway with its big pink nipple on the cover. David Kepesh, played by Ben Kingsley in the movie Elegy, is an English professor who wakes up one day and discovers he is a 155 lb six foot breast. Roth is explicit about his references to Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Gogol’s The Nose, but I’m not clear about this novella’s purpose. I suppose it’s the early 70s and instead of turning into an alienated bug, Kepesh turns into a sensual object—receiving simp ...more
bobbygw bobbygw
Aug 26, 2011 bobbygw bobbygw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fiction that's unsual and bizarre, fans of Roth, Gogol and Kafka
This is one of my favourite Roth fictions and has the sort of funny, mad, energetic exuberance of Portnoy's Complaint, while being much more absurd and surreal in its premise. There is nothing else quite like it in Roth's oeuvre. From the opening line 'It began oddly.', you are drawn into a first-person story told by David Kepesh, a literary professor (and the principal character who appears in two subsequent novels by Roth, The Professor Of Desire, and The Dying Animal). It is wondefully comica ...more
Yordan Eftimov
В Гърдата един преподавател по западноевропейска литература, висок и строен (1.83), в разцвета на силите си (38-годишен) преживява „ендокринопатологична катастрофа" и в резултат се превръща в само четири сантиметра по-къса от предишното си състояние човешка женска млечна жлеза. Но пък снабдена с 13-сантиметрово цилиндрично зърно. И малка промяна в сексуалните фантазии, които иначе си остават интензивни до болка.
Разказвачът дълго време живее с идеята, че просто се е смахнал и ние, то се знае, до
Dec 02, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Definire Il seno di Philip Roth un libro grottesco sarebbe dire poco, suonerebbe riduttivo; vediamo allora di fare meglio.

L’operazione editoriale che ha portato all’uscita di questo racconto lungo come libro singolo, sarebbe cosa di per sé alquanto discutibile, se non fosse che nel mio caso ben difficilmente sarei incappato in una storia come questa, essendo piuttosto allergico alle raccolte di racconti. Dunque meglio così.

Grottesco, stravagante, coinvolgente, a tratti drammatico e commovente e
Oct 08, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
Questo breve racconto non rientra tra le opere che preferisco dello scrittore americano che considero tra i più grandi in attività. Non mi ha convinto. Soprattutto la prima parte, in cui ho letto null’altro che la “solita” ossessione sessuale che è presente nelle opere di Roth (solo che in questo caso è fine a sé stessa, mentre in altri romanzi, come ad esempio in “lamento di Portnoy”, si inserisce in un contesto diverso, a completare la personalità del protagonista) mi è piaciuta poco. Nel fina ...more
Metamorfosi alla Philip Roth. Kafka, Gogol e Swift gli fanno un baffo: "Loro riuscirono a immaginare l'incredibile, avevano il linguaggio, loro, e quei cervelli implacabilmente creativi. Ma io non avevo né l'uno, né gli altri, non avevo niente....". Lui ha reso la parola carne, un uomo trasformato in un'enorme tetta! Va beh Philip è scritto bene, ma non esageriamo col tarlo del sesso..... La poesia di Rainer Maria Rilke la riporto perché ci sta a fagiolo...
Non conoscemmo il suo capo inaudito, e
Feb 05, 2010 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So truthfully, I bought this book because I'm 5. But I've wanted to read Philip Roth for a while, and I thought it'd be a fun thing to read in an afternoon. Turns out it was!

The main character is an English professor who turns into a giant breast. But unlike Kafka's protagonist, who deals with his family's various reactions, David Kepesh winds up in a hospital with a sympathetic doctor, and a father and girlfriend who visit regularly. This novella is instead about his own mental state: dealing w
Oct 21, 2014 Ferris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only Philip Roth could tell this story of a middle aged man who metamorphoses into a 155 pound breast. Yes, you read that right. This is unlike any other novel I have read by Roth due to its Kafkaesque nature. What does it mean to change from a person to an object? Roth is somehow able to do the question justice with wit and psychological depth. Wonderful novella!
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Philip Milton Roth is an American novelist. He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus (winner of 1960's National Book Award), cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy's Complaint, and has continued to write critically-acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman. The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and inc ...more
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“For all that I announce at intervals that I want to go mad, it is apparently impossible: beyond me, beneath me. It took This for me to learn that I am a citadel of sanity.” 1 likes
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