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Dan 1.0
Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to discover he's been transformed into a giant beetle-like creature. Can he and his family adjust to his new form?

The Metamorphosis is one of those books that a lot of people get dragooned into reading during high school and therefore are predisposed to loath. I managed to escape this fate and I'm glad. The Metamorphosis is quite a strange little book.

Translated from German, The Metamorphosis is the story of how Gregor Samsa's transformation tears his family apa
Gregor waking up one morning as a bug was a hilarious analogy of the effects an illness can have on someone, as well as on those who are close to him. Though the underlying story behind the hilarity of the analogy was anything but funny. I took it as more of a warning of what NOT to do when a loved-one is afflicted by some unfortunate disease or circumstance. I found his resistance of acknowledging to himself that he had become a bug in the beginning of the story to be very interesting. When he ...more
Endlessly dissected, ripped apart, its guts laid out on a slab, sewn back together, reconstructed, reinterpreted, misunderstood, misinterpreted, parodied, plagiarized, overanalyzed, and sadly sometimes underappreciated. Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is one of those jumping off points for modern literature, a key touchstone where so many good writers -- Borges, Nabokov, García Márquez – found inspiration in his work and studied it like a textbook on great writing.

But what is the metamorphosis? A dark
Huda Yahya

كم مرة رغب كافكا في الموت؟
كم مرة أراد التلاشي من هذا العالم؟
كم مرة شعر بالغربة حتى عن ذاته؟
إن كان التورية تعرّي فلا تعرية مثل التي وجدناها هنا في هذا العمل الأدبي الفريد ،،الموجع و-ياللغرابة الممتع للغاية

يرسم كافكا العلاقة بين الإنسان ونفسه
يمزق كل المتعارف عليه
يثور ويلقي بكل ما عرفناه سلفًا في النار
يتفرج على الحريق باستمتاع و حزن
وشعور عميق بالذنب لا يفارقه


يـا لكلِّ هذا الوجع
يـا لهذا الاغتراب
ويالهذه الروح التي تشهق بينما تجرها أشباح في بذلات أنيقة ونظارات مذهبة الأطر
إلى أعماق
Araz Goran
إذ أستيقظ غريغور سامسا ذات صباح،، على إثر أحلام سادها الاضطراب،، وجد أنه قد تحول، وهو في سريره الى حشرة ..

رواية (المسخ) أو (الدودة الهائلة) كما في بعض الترجمات..

من المستحيل أن لا تشعر بالرعب والكآبة وانت تقرأ هذه البداية الكئيبة والتي تظاهي أشنع كوابيسنا..

هذه الرواية الرمزية الكئيبة القاسية التي تتحدث عن كافكا شخصياً بصورة..

هذه الصورة القاتمة التي رسمها لحياته مع والديه الذين قسوا عليه في حياته وعاملوه بصورة مهينة،، فشعر بالخذلان ورأى في نفسه حشرة يريد أبوه التخلص منه..

الفكاهة السوداء هي التي مي
Feb 17, 2008 Forest rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Forest by: Herr Koppensteiner
Said to be one of the most important works of the 20th century, this story mirrors the way humans to this day treat others who are different. This is especially true for people with disabilities. Imagine getting into a car accident and spending the rest of your life without the use of your legs, arms, and voice. How would people treat you? This is why it is highly important for us to be unconsciously competent in our relationships with people with disabilities. Even more important is to focus on ...more
I once used my copy to kill a beetle.
Thereby combining my two passions: irony and slaughter.

Technically I read this book in German, and if I could give it zero stars, I would. I read the first sentence (in German, mind you) around 3:30 in the morning earlier this semester, and was convinced I was loosing my mind and that I couldn't be translating it right. It read: "Gregor Samsa awoke on morning to discover that he had somehow transformed into a giant cockaroach". After typing the sentence into and finding out I actually had read and translated it correctly, I thoug ...more
Glenn Russell
Kafka’s classic tale written in 1912 is about the changes that can come about in our lives. Up until the very end, the entire tale takes place in an apartment of a mother, father, son and daughter. The son is unfortunately unable to continue to perform his job as a traveling salesman and support his family financially. This abrupt change forces the father, mother and daughter to exert more energy in their lives and take steps to earn money. Here is a word about each member of the family:

The Fath
NOTE: Some of the stories in this edition have also been published in separate collections, and those ones are reviewed under those titles (links included here).

Many are short, poignant vignettes, rather than stories, though some have a surreal/magical angle. A definite voyeuristic slant to several (two are explicitly titled about looking through a window).


The provider turns parasite, and in giving up his life, liberates his family.

It's a surreal situation: Gregor wakes to find hi

القصة عن"جريجور" موظف مبيعات ,يعمل في شركة ليسدد ديون عائلته , يمقت الشركة و العمل لكن حبه الشديد و
تفانيه لأهله هو ما جعله يرغم نفسه علي ذلك, بل و يراه واجبا.

يصحو ذات يوم ليجد نفسه تحول إلي حشرة!!!الغريب هو ردة فعله, لم يبد امتعاضا , باستثناء امتعاضه للصعوبات التي واجهها في الحركة في البداية فقط!!!
و كأنه يحتقر نفسه منذ أمد بعيد,و التحول ما هو إلا تعبير خارجي عن هذا لن يغير الكثير.

ما سر هذا الاحتقار؟؟ هل هو شعوره باستغلال أهله الخفي
ولادیمیر ناباکوف در مورد این کتاب حرف قشنگی زده:اگر کسی مسخ کافکا را چیزی بیش از یک خیال پردازی حشرهشناسانه بداند به او تبریک میگویم چون به صف خوانندگان خوب و بزرگ پیوسته است. در مورد سبک کتاب مسخ نکته ای که از لحاظ ادبیات خیلی مهم هست تمایز بین این سبک وهم آلود کافکا با سبکهای سوررئال و خیال پردازانه هست.کافکا با این نوع نوشتار سبکی رو در ادبیات بنیان گذاشته که بعد از کافکا به اسم سبک وهم آلود کافکائی شناخته میشه. (یکی از دلایلی که من این کتاب رو الان خوندم به خاطر کتاب قبلی بود که خوندم (کتاب ...more
I find it hilarious that a story involving systematically inexorable alienation as the result of solipsistic patriarchy is taken so seriously by academia, while real life workings of this socialized weeding that appear in teenagers are passed off as a "phase" or "narcissism." It just goes to show that in order to become a "classic", a work must have stripped itself of all recognizance that the Powers That Be existed long before heteronormative cis-gendered well-off white man with neurotic tenden ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Since I've read a 200 pages edition of a 50 pages only novel, I Know how it feels to read long rant about a novel, It's Kinda boring..So I'll make it short.
First read I got that impression: pretty disgusted yet very sad.
Second read,more emotional, I got very sad for Kafka Samsa..

Third read was after all that rant in my edition which I only liked a few of it all- It didn't tell me more than I already 'felt' about the story, some articles add more deep understanding to what I'
I don't know quite what to think of Metamorphosis. I did enjoy it, it was certainly an interesting and well written story yet it was - to say the least - incredibly weird. I may perhaps just not be used to the tone adopted by Kafka as this was the first work of his I have ever read.

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."

The very first sentence practically provides an instant synopsis of the text. This makes it all t
The Metamorphosis is an exploration of the degradation of the modern man.

The first line holds the key to the entire story. "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug." The sentence treats the situation with complete indifference, in a way that makes it seem that he isn't even actually a bug, for how could such a phenomenon be treated so carelessly? Gregor is noted to have woken up from 'anxious dr
Thank goodness this is a short story because I don't think I could have suffered through a full-length novel by Kafka. I read this years ago in school (can't remember if it was high school or college, but either way, it was many, many years ago) and didn't like it then. The title is on that infamous classics list of mine, so I thought I'd give it another go. After all, when I re-read "Call of the Wild", I loved it; perhaps that magic would strike again.

No such luck.

To give you an idea of how muc
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رواية المسخ للكاتب فرانز كافكا
هي من نوعية الروايات التي يجب ان تتعب نفسك وتجتهد لتلحظ جمالها

والتي بعد ان تنتهيها قد تستغرق فيما لم يقله الكاتب وماقد كان يريد قوله او ما قد اراد قوله

الكتابات الرمزية

ليست بالنوعية المفضلة لدي ولكن قصر الرواية جعلني اتحملها

في البداية شعرت ان الفكرة سخيفة جدا... مالذي قد يهمني في شخص استيقظ ليجد نفسه خنفساء او صرصار او حشرة مقززة؟

ولماذا قد يكتب كاتب مثل فرانز كافكا فكرة كهذه ويصيغها في رواية كاملة...؟
ولماذا اتعب نفسي في 200 صفحة لقراءة فكرة كهذه؟

ولكن الاجابة جاءت بع
بدافع الفضول أحببتُ أن أطالع مراجعات القراء لأرى إن كانوا قد فهموا مغزى القصة مثلما فهمته؛ وذلك حتى لا أكرر ما قد قيل. حسنًا، استيقظ جريجور صباحًا ليجد نفسه تحوّل إلى حشرة عملاقة، وتعرض القصة كيف تأثرت علاقته بأهله والمحيطين به جراء هذا التحوُّل. رغم أن التفسير الواضح والمباشر للقصة هو أن هذا التحوُّل ما هو إلا رمز لإصابة الإنسان بمرض عضال يُغيّر نظرته إلى نفسه، ويُثقل كاهل أقربائه ويؤثر على علاقته بهم، إلا أنني لم أرَ الرمز بهذا الشكل!

كلنا محملّون بالكثير من العوار النفسي؛ والذي لا يتبدّى لكل ا
I always avoided this classic tale of a salesman, Gregor, who wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a huge bug. I love science fiction, but not horror stories, which I presumed this to be; also its absurd premise would seem to defeat "suspense of disbelief" needed to engage a reader of either genre. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the story is highly focused on reality. We totally empathize with Gregor as he struggles to move about in his alien form and deals with remo ...more
رواية رائعة و عميقة المعاني
لا شك أن القصة و اﻷحداث غريبة جدا, و تبدو سوريالية الى حد بعيد, مع ذلك وجدتها واقعية ... فكر في حالة انسان مرض فجأة بالزهايمر أو بمرض أقعده كشلل كامل, كيف يكون رد فعل من حوله و شعوره شخصيا حيال ما يحصل له, و العجز الكامل عن التواصل مع اﻵخرين

الرواية محزنة, و يبقى احداثها في المخيلة

مﻻحظة حول ترجمة الرواية:
قرأت الرواية بترجمة "الدسوقي فهمي" ﻷعمال كافكا الكاملةمن منشورات الهيئة العامة لقصور الثقافة ...
لﻷسف كانت الترجمة من أسوأ الترجمات على اﻹطﻻق, و تصل الى حد الجريمة اﻷدبي
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It was as a thought provoking encounter reading the metamorphosis of a man into some kind of dung beetle.Waking up to find out you have become a bug and all that comes with being one can be a frightening encounter, the inapability of communicating with you're loved ones a sad fate. This is an engaging read reminiscent of The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson.
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السمة الغالبة لأدب كافكا هو الاستسلام والخنوع للأمر الواقع، فهو في المحاكمة لم يسأل عن سبب اتهامه ولم يعترض، بل كان يحاول أن يثبت براءته من هذه التهمة.. وفي المسخ كذلك لم يعترض على حالِه الغريب بل أنه أول ما اكتشف تحوله، بدأ يبثّ محاولاته البائسة في التأقلم على وضعه الجديد ولم يسأل نفسه كيف ولماذا حدث هذا- كيف تحول إلى حشرة!
المعاملة التي عومل بها جريجور من قبل والديه وأخته بعد مسخه، تثبت رأيا كنت أتبناه وهو أن أي علاقة بين اثنين تقوم على أساس من النفع، حتى بين أعضاء الأسرة
Riku Sayuj

To follow in DFW’s footsteps then, we can invite ourselves to acknowledge how unsubtle, or rather anti-subtle, Metamorphosis (and most of Kafka) really is in what it tries to portray. We can, for instance, consider what is really being expressed when we refer to someone as creepy or gross; or say that he is forced to take shit as part of his job. Or, other variants that are used, even the healthy Monday jokes. No point in multiplying examples.

Now we can begin to see how by being completely anti-
So, he woke up and found himself transformed into a big insect. That's something you don't read about everyday.
I loved this novella. Kafka's well known for creating absurd and claustrophobic universes that a lot of us can relate to. The Metamorphosis is no exception. It has a lot of meanings, symbolism everywhere; a deep, philosophical twist that I love...

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Henry Avila
Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a nightmare.Stuck in his bed, this traveling salesman, has overnight been transformed. Gregor is now a hideous bug. Dung beetle ,a cockroach , does it matter?He has missed his train, in more ways than one.But Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can make that business trip!Eventually getting off the bed with just a small crash.Opening the locked door and moving around in his many, new, little legs.The parents and sister are shocked, at his appearan ...more
I am privileged to have a beautiful commute every morning where I pass by a lake surrounded by oak covered golden hills, a very Steinbeck setting. There is a large bridge on this drive that has been a suicide favorite over the years. So, on my drive when I see anyone on the bridge I can’t help but become very concerned. There rarely is anyone on the bridge as it is in the middle of a forest and hard to get to. So this morning as I came upon the bridge I was a little grief stricken to see not one ...more
Carmo Santos
"Precisamos de livros que nos afetem como um desastre, que nos angustiem profundamente, como a morte de alguém que amamos mais do que a nós mesmos, como ser banido para florestas distantes de todos, como um suicídio. Um livro tem de ser o machado para o mar congelado dentro de nós."
Franz Kafka

A Transformação - ou Metamorfose como é conhecido na maioria das edições - é um dos livros que andou na minha lista de leituras durante anos e foi sucessivamente adiado.Só há uma explicação: não morro de am
Rakhi Dalal
In my pursuit to understand what Kafka intended to convey through his writing, I assume that the book tries to highlight the metamorphosis of relations in wake of inability of the sole bread earner to provide for the family. Of course it’s bewildering, in the sense that it let you think intensely as regards the change in the value system within the basic unit of society i.e. a single family. A family, which not only constitutes the society but is also seen as the basic building block towards cre ...more
In re-reading THE METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, it seemed most peculiar that the hideous transformation from son and brother to beetle, from selfless provider for his family to uncommunicative, helpless "it" was not questioned. Why had Gregor, with all measure of meaning to his loved ones, suddenly turned into vermin to be disposed of as garbage? Are our attachments to family, friends, co-workers only self-motivated? Is familiarity insisted upon in relationships with change too much of a threat? ...more
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“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” 699 likes
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