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The Metamorphosis

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  300,598 ratings  ·  6,812 reviews
"Had one to name the author who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relations to our age as Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one would think of." —W. H. Auden
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1915)
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Dan Schwent
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
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
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
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
Petra X
A paraphrase. When my ex-husband went out one evening from unsettling dreams of how faraway his wife was, he went out drinking and whoring. Next morning he found himself changed in his bed into a montrous vermin. A cockroach. Much he knew it though. None of his friends recognised it, in fact they preferred the cockroach to the person he had been and he had a great time. When it was time for him to come home, armour-plated as he was he crushed his wife underfoot (well fists and kicks, but same th ...more
The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis can quite easily be one of Franz Kafka’s best works of literature- one of the best in Existentialist literature. The author shows the struggle of human existence- the problem of living in modern society- through the narrator.

Gregor Samsa wakes in his bed and discovers he has transformed into a some kind of a giant bug; he struggles to find what actually has happened to him, he looks around his small room and everything looks normal to him however it
I once used my copy to kill a beetle.
Thereby combining my two passions: irony and slaughter.

Sep 08, 2015 s.penkevich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Nabokov
It was no dream.

Gregor Samsa awakes one day, changed forever. How unpredictable is life, one moment leading to a new labyrinth of existence where forward is the only motion available, our scars and choices following us in a tuneless parade with few interested spectators. Despite our lives being a personal struggle, it is constantly judged, criticized and appraised by all those whom we encounter. Oh, the injuries we inflict upon one another. We alienate and assume instead of communicate, we fear
Mohammed Arabey
Arabic/ English Review
First read I got that impression: pretty disgusted yet very sad
قرائتي الأولي لها شعرت بشئ من الحزن والكثير من القرف والاشمئزاز

Second read,more emotional, I got very sad for Kafka Samsa
القراءة الثانية شعرت بمشاعر حزينة أكثر..كنت حزينا جدا علي كافكا,أقصد سامسا

هي قصة تقرأها..تشعر به..وتعيد قرائتها
لذلك قرأتها لمرة ثالثة وأخيرة وكم شعرت بالحزن والاكتئاب

تخيل أنك كنت العائل الوحيد لأسرتك..ثم أصبحت عاجزا وعبئا علي تلك الأسرة
كنت مشتاقا للجلوس معهم في الجلسات الا
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
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
Henry Avila
Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a nightmare, stuck in his bed, this weary, young, traveling salesman, has overnight been transformed, incredibly, Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach , does it matter what ? 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 great difficulty, just a slight crash, in reality, opening the locked door, somehow and moving ...more
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
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
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

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
القراءة المتأنية الأولي لكافكا بعد قرائتي لخواطره وعباراته البسيطية وبعض قليل من يوماياته
و ...
من قال إن كافكا رائد الرواية الكابوسية ؟
إنه - عن جدارة - رائد الفلسفة الكابوسية ..
ففي رأيي أن هذه الرواية تعدت حدود الأدب ، وغاصت إلي أبعد حد في أعماق الفلسفة ..
يا عزيزي .. تخيل أنك تقرأ رواية عن إنسان يستيقظ ويجد نفسه صرصاراً عملاقاً .. !!

مهلاً .. لا تشمئز من الوصف .. ولا تتأفف من التشبيه ..
فالأمر ينطوي علي ماهو أكبر من التشبيه ..
فلماذا حدث التحول ؟
ولماذا إلي هذه الحشرة بالتحديد ؟

إذا أردت أن تدخل إل
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
مسخ رو معمولاً به عنوان يه اثر فلسفى-اجتماعى ميشناسن، و همين كافيه كه همه ى خصوصيات داستان فراموش بشن و همه ى منتقدها به جای داستان، به مفاهيم پشت داستان توجه كنن. يعنى همه ى زحمات نويسنده براى ساختن پیکره ی داستان فراموش بشه و بر باد بره.
حتماً حتماً "درباره ى مسخ" ناباكوف رو بخونيد، واقعاً ديد جديدى ميده به آدم در زمينه ى نقد ادبى.

داستان بى ترديد در ژانر وحشت طبقه بندى ميشه. فضاى كابوس وار قصه هاى كافكا، محشرن. اين كه يه كابوس مسلّم رو، مياره توى زندگى هر روزه ى ما و با ديدى واقع گرايانه به
Introduction, by Stanley Corngold
A Chronology of Franz Kafka's Life

--The Metamorphosis

From 'Wedding Preparations in the Country'
Letters and Diaries

Critical Essays:
The I Without a Self, by W. H. Auden
"I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting"; or, Looking at Kafka, by Philip Roth
Franz Kafka: On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death, by Walter Benjamin
Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis': Metamorphosis of the Metaphor, by Stanley Corngold
Elements of Jewish Folklore in Kafka's 'Metamorphosis
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
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
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
Huda Aweys
My review in English then in Arabic - مراجعتى بالانجليزية ثم بالعربي
The worm before its transformation into a butterfly refrain from eating for several days and it happens in the spring, and that what happened to Gregor refrained from eating for several days and then died in the spring as his family thought ! But he did not die he is just turning! And confirms my rejoinder that the novel has another title may be it is the original title and is (Förvandlingen) or (Die Verwandlung ), so I think t
Ibrahim Saad

“على الكتاب الحقيقي أن يحرك الجراح، بل عليه أن يتسبب فيها. على الكتاب أن يشكل خطراً ما ..”

والحق أن (فرانز كافكا) نجح بجدارة في جذبي إلى عالمه الخاص .. نجح في أن يحرك ذلك (الشئ الآخر) في داخلي مرة أخرى بعد أن تناسيته ، ونجح - في الوقت المناسب- أن يظهر ببساطة العلاقة بين الإنسان ونفسه أولاً ثم بين الشخص ومن حوله ..

" يقول روجيه جارودي عن " كافكا " وعالمه السوداوي أنه خلق هذا العالم بمواد عالمنا مع إعادة ترتيبها وفقاً لقوانين أخرى تماماً كما فعل الرسامون التكعيبيون في نفس الفترة "

- هذا العمل لا ي
ياسمين ثابت


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
Mohamed Elshawaf

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-
Mona abdelmohsen
تلك السوداويه القريبه الى النفس التى يحدثنا بها كافكا عن شخص استيقظ من نوم مضطرب بالكوابيس و وجد نفسه حشره !
ربما يكون بالنسبه لى من ابشع الكوابيس و اكثرها رعباً ،
هذا العالم الذى اخذنى اليه كافكا ساحر و غريب و محبب رغم كل شئ .. نرى معاملة الاب والام والاخت له على انه حشره و طوال قراتى للروايه اتسال لماذا لم بسال نفسه لماذا حدث له هذا ؟ لماذا لم يقول ان عينا اصابته او ربما لعنه ..
الرمزيه هنا متجليه انت تعمل بدون هدف و من تعمل لاجلهم اول من يتخلى عنك " انها حياه واحده يا رفيق " لننتبه :)

اول رحلا
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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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