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"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off com...more
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Published March 1st 1972 by Bantam Classics (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...more
Nikki
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
Ken
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...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

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يـا لكلِّ هذا الوجع
يـا لهذا الاغتراب ‏
ويالهذه الروح التي تشهق بينما تجرها أشباح في بذلات أنيقة ونظارات مذهبة الأطر
إلى أع
...more
Forest
Feb 17, 2008 Forest rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kathy
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 freetranslation.com and finding out I actually had read and translated it correctly, I thoug...more
Ghadasedik
تنبيه:إذالمتقرأالروايةبعدفأنصحكبعدمقراءةالريفيوحتيلاتحرقأحداثها


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...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...more
Amir
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 (کتا...more
Traci
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...more
Jonathan
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 th...more
Shane
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...more
Lou
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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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Theres to be a screen adaptation check out the video on my page
Metamorphosis Teaser by Jeffrey Laub or
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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-...more
Rebecca
I once used my copy to kill a beetle.
Thereby combining my two passions: irony and slaughter.

*wields*
Michael
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
Hafeth
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...more
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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
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أميــــرة
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
...more
Weinz
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
Mohamed Elshawaf
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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!
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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
...more
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
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.
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Second read,more emotional, I got very sad for Kafka Samsa..
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READ...FEEL...RE-READ

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'...more
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
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...more
Rand
An excellent translation fit for the general reader and scholar alike.

Like many, I cut my mandibles on the Corngold translation.

Bernofsky's version is more poetic and hews closer to Samsa's exoskeleton. (This may be the first translation to not interpret the word Ungeziefer as vermin.)

This one is worth picking up for David Cronenberg's musings on mortality and monstrosity. The only real complaint to be made regarding his introductory essay is its brevity.

R. Crumb's version is more fun. But, t...more
Roseta
Αεροδρόμιο "Eλευθέριος Βενιζέλος" , 7 και κάτι το πρωί.
Μόλις έχω αποχαιρετήσει μια καλή φίλη που φεύγει για Αυστραλία. Μπαίνω στο βιβλιοπωλείο του αεροδρομίου και αρχίζω να χαζεύω βιβλία. Το μάτι μου πέφτει σ'αυτό."Ο πυρήνας του μύθου της "Μεταμόρφωσης" είναι τόσο απλός όσο και ασύλληπτος: ο Γκρέγκορ Σάμσα, ένας συνηθισμένος άνθρωπος, ξυπνάει ένα πρωί μεταμορφωμένος σε έντομο." διαβάζω στο πίσω μέρος του εξώφυλλου. Μου τραβάει την προσοχή. Γελάω.


Γυρίζω σπίτι και αρχίζω να το διαβάζω. Το αφήγημ...more
Seham .

كنتُ قد قرأت مسخ كافكا بترجمة: منير البَعلبكي وقمتُ بإعادتها في اليومين الماضيين حتّى استقر على رأي أستطيع أن أُحدد فيه موقفي اتجاه منير وكافكا. لأن سأحتاج منير لرحلة قادمة بإذن الله مع البؤساء وهمنغواي.

لكنّي سأتحدّث أولاً عن كافكا وغريغور. عندما قرأتها لأول لم اخفي دهشتي من أول سطر بدأ يقول فيه: ما إن أفاق غريغور سامسا، ذات صباح، من أحلامه المزعجة، حتى وجد نفسه وقد تحوّل في فراشه، إلى حشرة ضخمة. تهيأ أنّه شيء ممكن الحدوث! بطريقةٍ ما، مالذي أيقظ في غريغور أحلامه المزعجة حتى يضحِي حشرة وضخمة؟ هل...more
Bonnie
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: BBC Radio 4 Extra

'I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.'

Imagine you go to bed one night with nothing out of the ordinary occurring only to wake up to find you have transformed into a monstrous insect overnight. Your family can no longer communicate with you, they no longer can even stand to look at you. You've become repulsive and abhorrent for seemingly no apparent reason. W...more
Roos
Apr 22, 2009 Roos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manusia yang siap akan perubahan apapun
Recommended to Roos by: Amang and Curiosity
Shelves: furious, 2009
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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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“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” 495 likes
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