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I have only one request," Kafka wrote to his publisher Kurt Wolff in 1913. "'The Stoker,' 'The Metamorphosis,' and 'The Judgment' belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three, and, even more important, a secret one, for which reason I would be reluctant to forego the chance of having them published together in a book, which m...more
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Published August 5th 1989 by Schocken (first published January 1st 1989)
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Dakota Snaketail
It's amazing how Franz Kafka could write so well, even after translations. Having a book that isn't written in the original language is always risky, since some words will lose their meaning in the translating process. But these remained well written after their translations and I liked them a lot.
The only problem I had was with "Letter to His Father". It seemed like every other person's stories about their fathers. All the angst-ridden teenage bullshit but with a better vocabulary. Seeing as h...more
I was curious about the "Schocken Kafka Library" and why it's association was unique compared with other Kafka publications.
Here is a link to a very interesting little piece on the Schocken Kafka Library

"The Schocken collection is the only collection of Jewish books which escaped the hands of the Nazi's."
This was my first time reading Metamorphosis.

I know how that insect feels...
david blumenshine
yeah, i mean, there are some things in this particular stringing together of three specific kafka texts that work differently when complied than by themselves, in a general best-of book, or, as is the case with 'the stoker,' merely a chapter of a novel on its own. everyone knows metamorphosis. or should. and it's glory goes without saying. for whatever reason i hadn't read 'the judgement,' and i am glad i did. the same goes for 'the stoker.' however i had read the letter to his father a few time...more
I am unusually drawn to Kafka. He hasn't created single character I like. His stories fill me with a cringing uneasiness. Yet, I find them compelling, and often suffer myself to read them.

This compilation contains a particularly good set of stories: The Judgment, The Stoker, The Metamorphosis, and Letter to his Father.

Of these, my long-time favorite is The Judgment. I find something about the mildly unorthodox plot and the terrible comeuppance very satisfying.

I just wish Karl Rossmann, the main...more
These 3 stories are amazing. I'd read Metamorphoses before and I guess it's the strongest, but I think alot of that gets by on simplistic story-telling tension/release devices (the claustrophobic almost-first person description, the surrealism), but today I think The Judgment is the most direct and powerful, as it is also the most simple and straight-forward and most emotional (yes, a relative term in this case!). The Stoker is great as well, and very funny in the beginning and then beautifully...more
Tristan Greeno
I thought "The Judgement" was actually rather thought provoking, even if it was a little out of my understanding. I loved "The Stoker" and i'm considering actually reading Kafka's novel from it, "Amerika". But overall "The Metamorphosis" was my favorite! I really enjoyed it. However "Letter to His Father" i actually skipped because I wasn't interested in reading it yet. Just because I haven't read enough Kafka to be interested in reading a letter to his father about how their relationship(negati...more
I think, before this gets anymore than three stars, that I need to find some kind of literary analysis or criticism so I can digest the stories better. That or find someone who's by some chance read it so I can converse with them about what they got from it.

I did, however, notice a lot of strength in shaping elements like point of view and tone. I was really able to catch on to Kafka's attitude.
Out of the 4 short stories, i read the Metamorphosis, the Judgement and Letter to His Father. These stories have a similar theme: fathers sacrificing their sons. If you read Letter to his Father before the other stories, you will see that the main characters reflect Kafka's own life and rough relationship with his father. I liked his stories: very dark and twisted, but somehow humorous...
An intense trio of stories published together posthumously, although it was Kafka's wish that they would be published together during his life time. They're disconcerting as all hell -- they all detail the lives of sons rejected by their fathers. Gives a whole 'nuther dimension to the concept of "daddy issues." A good read, nonetheless.
It was Kafka's wish to see the stories in this compilation to appear together as they all are an account of his strenuous, at times tragic relationship with his father. The Metamorphosis I had read before but re-read it as a continuum to the two other stories. Goes without saying that Kafka never does disappoint.
Liked The Metamorphosis best, but not as well as I remember liking it. Didn't really like the other two stories. They required the explanation that this collection provided.
Dhanaraj Rajan
A poignant book on the relationship between a son and his father. Kafka had a tough time with his dad. It is very emotional and highly realistic. Kafka cries and you can hear it.
The Metamorphosis was probably the weirdest novella I've ever read. But this is a highly referenced series, so I felt it was worth it for some pop culture knowledge...
Just realized something absolutely hilarious. Apparently I don't know the difference between Germany and Russia. Omg
Leigh J.
I liked it because I was confused half the time. Most of the way the plot lines jumped made no sense.
3 stories - "The Stoker," "The Metamorphosis," "The Judgment" and "Letter to His Father"
Read this at University of Michigan, in my fantasy genre class.
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Franz Kafka (German pronunciation: [ˈfʀants ˈkafka]) was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western lite...more
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