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The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1912. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a "monstrous vermin".
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Dan Schwent
May 03, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, oldies
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
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Ken
Feb 04, 2009 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 أعماق
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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
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 monstrous 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 t ...more
Rebecca
Oct 24, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I once used my copy to kill a beetle.
Thereby combining my two passions: irony and slaughter.

*wields*
Mohammed Arabey
Apr 18, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, & sympathy for Kafka Samsa
القراءة الثانية شعرت بمشاعر حزن أكثر..وتعاطف مع كافكا,أقصد سامسا

READ..FEEL..RE-READ
هي قصة تقرأها..تشعر به..وتعيد قرائتها
لذا قرأتها لمرة ثالثة وأخيرة وكم شعرت بالحزن والاكتئاب

تخيل أنك كنت العائل الوحيد لأسرتك..ثم أصبحت عاجزا وعبئا علي تلك الأسرة
لمجرد انك صرت بحالة جعلتك...غريب الأطوار
تشتاق للجلو
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Apr 19, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب, فلسفة
إنه أحمق عندما ينفق حياته على أحد, فلن يهتموا به أبداً عندما يصبح مسخاً !!
s.penkevich
Sep 08, 2015 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Gaurav
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
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Amira Mahmoud


القراءة الثانية لكافكا المجنون
هذا الرجل يعرف كيف يخلق حكايا سوداوية مُرعبة
لا تستطيع أن تقرأها إلا وأنت فاغر فاهك وعيناك مشرعتان على اتساعهما
بلا غزارة في الأحداث، ولا حتى في الشخصيات
التفاصيل، والتفاصيل فقط
في عالم كافكا تُدرك كم هي مُرعبة التفاصيل
كيف كان في القصة الأولى التي قرأتها له؛ في مستوطنة العقاب
يشرح تفاصيل آلة التعذيب، الكبيرة والصغيرة
وما تفعله في تعيس الحظ الذي سيقع تحت براثنها
يصف كل ذلك بطريقة تبعث على الرعب والإشمئزاز!
وها هنا في التحول، كانت التفاصيل أيضًا سيدة الموقف
وبالطبع تأثير تفاص
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Omnya

اللقاء الأول مع العزيز كافكا
سمعت عن جنونه وسوداويته الكثير الكثير
ولكني حقًا لم أتوقع أن يكون الحال هكذا
فعلى الرغم من صغر حجم الرواية إلا أنها حقًا مُرهقة جدًا في قرأتها
أن تستيقظ ذات صباح فتجد أن أصبحت شئ آخر حشرةٍ ما
في الواقع أن تبدأ رواية هكذا هو أمر جنوني
توقعت أنه سوف يعيد مشهد مايشرح سبب ذلك
لكن لا شئ حدث هكذا فقط وهكذا بدأ الجنون
وصف كافكا للوضع كان دقيقًا حقًا دقيقًا للحد الذي لم أستطيع معه إكمال الرواية دفعة واحدة
قرأتها على ثلاث مراحل مُتفرقات
الجنون الذي أصاب العائلة والأب على وجه الأخص
و
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Glenn Russell
Aug 13, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Afaf Ammar
*لا أشعر بحقيقة نفسي إلا عندما أصاب بحزن لا يطاق " ~ فرانز كافكا"



*”استيقظ غريغور سامسا ذات صباح علي إثر أحلام سادها الإضطراب، وجد أنه قد تحول وهو في فراشه إلى حشرة عملاقة”...

هذه المقدمة الغريبة التي بدأ بها كافكا روايته التحول، عندما قرأها الكاتب الشهير غابرييل غارسيا ماركيز قرر أن يصبح روائياً!

*غريغور سامسا يعيش في أسرة صغيرة مكونة من والده المتقاعد ووالدته وأخته الصغري.

-يستيقظ غريغور ذات صباح بعد أحلام مزعجة، فوجد نفسه قد تحول إلي حشرة عملاقة بدون سبب يذكر.
ثم يسرد كافكا وقائع الحياة اليوم
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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
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Any day you wake up as a cockroach is a shit day.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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"Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt." ("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.")

This novella starts with a shock, but ignores the "why" and "how" (I don't think anyone in the book ever asked either of those questions) in favor of exploring Gregor's and his family's reactions to the change and how
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Henry Avila
Sep 26, 2015 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol
What a shocking beginning.........

Gregor Samsa is a devoted son working as a traveling salesman, a stressful job he abhors, in order to support his parents and seventeen year old sister, but looks forward to the time when all their debts will be paid so he can finally make a change.......... but not the kind he soon experiences.

"As Gregor Samsa awoke from unsettling dreams one morning, he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. His many legs, which were pathetically thin c

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Forest
Feb 17, 2008 Forest rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Kathy
Dec 26, 2007 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cecily
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).

Metamorphosis

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

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

وحشت
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
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Nahed.E



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
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Stephanie
Classic, entertaining short story with deeper meaning!

The Metamorphosis wasn't been on my "TBR" radar; however, it was selected as a book-of-the-month in one of my groups. I am so glad -- as it was an enjoyable story that I would have otherwise missed! I listened to the Dreamscape 2016 audio version which is fabulous!!

The story is a bit strange and starts out with a shocking statement:
"One morning, upon awakening from agitated dreams, Gregor Samsa found himself, in his bed, transformed into a
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Ghadasedik
Mar 28, 2012 Ghadasedik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amir
Aug 03, 2007 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Duane
Far be it from me to analyze this unique work from Kafka. He never explained it himself, so we are free to make of it what we will.

Change, of course, is the theme of the story, after all that's what metamorphosis is. And it's not just about the main characters change from human to insect, but the change in his family; change from respect to disdain, from love to loathing.

Which brings me to my view of the story. This kind of thing, in essence, happens everyday to families everywhere. It happens t
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Edward
Preface
Introduction, by Stanley Corngold
A Chronology of Franz Kafka's Life


--The Metamorphosis

Backgrounds:
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
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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Have you ever had a day where something supremely strange happens and, in the context of the day, you just sigh and think, "You know what? This might as well happen."

The entirety of The Metamorphosis feels like that sort of day. It's surreal and hyper-real at once, a strange mix of absurdity and reality, being inside the protagonist's head and yet being totally detached from the events. So weird you're separated from the weirdness, so absurd you can only shrug and say, "Sure, why not," and go al
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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.” 1029 likes
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