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The Metamorphosis

"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 completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first opening, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."...

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The Metamorphosis Reviews

  • 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

  • Bookdragon Sean

    Surreal, inexplicable and unusual, Kafka explores the futility of human existence. Or does he?

    Gregor Sansa is turned into a bug and through the process he realises just how insignificant he is, how insignificant we all, ultimately, are in the greater scheme of things. He was his family’s backbone, holding them up, supporting them financially whist they took the easy path. However, when that backbone is removed the unit adapts; it carries on and finds new means of survival. The most important me

  • 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 & sympathy for Kafka Samsa

    القراءة الثانية شعرت بمشاعر حزن أكثر..وتعاطف مع كافكا,أقصد سامسا


    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 للجلوس

    I am now reading The Metamorphosis at jome and find it bad.

    "from The Diaries of Franz Kafka. Oct.20, 1913

    Well,first read for me I felt it can be better,although I still felt very sad..but I also hate how was the ending at all,the last 4 or 5 pages (view spoiler) I get it but it really can be better..well,his admitting that at his diaries made my rating higher.

    Great antipathy to "Metamorphosis." Unreadable ending.

    Imperfect almost to the foundation. It would have turned out much better if I had not been interrupted at the time by the business trip.

    "from The Diaries of Franz Kafka. Jan.19, 1914

    Well,Rest in Peace Kafka, your work has been felt by millions of people..

    May God Bless your soul.

    Mohammed Arabey

    From May 31 2014

    To June 13 2014

    PS : 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've tried to make my review short...but couldn't :) sorry ...more

  • Henry Avila

    Gregor Samsa awakes from a bad dream, into a mad nightmare, as he struggles, stuck in his own bed this weary, young traveling salesman, has overnight been miraculously transformed... incredibly Gregor is now a hideous bug, a dung beetle , or even a cockroach does it really matter what ? He has missed his train in more ways than one, but Samsa, is a real trooper, still thinks he can catch the locomotive and make that vile business trip, eventually getting off the bed with great difficulty, just a ...more

  • Nahed.E

    القراءة المتأنية الأولي لكافكا بعد قرائتي لخواطره وعباراته البسيطة 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 إلي

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    "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 restless dreams, he discovered in his bed that 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 an

    An apple thrown without much force glanced against Gregor's back and slid off without doing any harm. Another one however, immediately following it, hit squarely and lodged in his back; Gregor wanted to drag himself away, as if he could remove the surprising, the incredible pain by changing his position; but he felt as if nailed to the spot and spread himself out, all his senses in confusion.
    My main thought after finishing this is that the family relationships being dissected here are incredibly sad, and disturbing. In an essay on The Metamorphosis, Vladimir Nabokov stated that "Gregor is a human being in an insect's disguise; his family are insects disguised as people." I've gone back and forth on whether I agree with this, but it certainly has given me a lot of food for thought: There's the originally loving sister who turns on him, the frail and helpless mother who lets him be mistreated, and the father who attacks him physically in the only two interactions they have. They betray him repeatedly, and Gregor always accepts it meekly and even makes excuses to himself for their mistreatment of him. His father stashing away Gregor's wages while Gregor was working at a horrific job to pay off the father's bankruptcy, was awful to read about, and Gregor simply rationalizes it. It's particularly chilling how in the end they all brush off (view spoiler).

    I ended up reading about 30% of this in German and the rest in English, going back and forth between two side-by-side versions. Some of the German dialogue and expressions don't translate well into English. For example, Gregor's boss is called "Herr Prokurist" -- literally, Mr. Manager (which was the name used for him in one translation I looked at), but it sounds very lame in English. So I appreciated the additional level of authenticity and even insight that reading parts of this in the original German gave to me.

    The more I think about this and pick it apart, the more impressed I am with it. There are so many layers to this story. I started out with 3 stars based on my college memories of reading this, upped it to 4 stars when I finished it the other day, and, after spending more time analyzing it for this review, am finally winding up with 5.

    December 14, 2015 reread with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantaloonless Buddy Readers group.

    I highly recommend taking a look at Vladimir Nabokov's lecture and notes on The Metamorphosis, here at the Kafka Project website.

    Initial post:I didn't care for this when I studied it in college but I'm hoping it will grow on me this time. I've found a cool website with side-by-side English and German versions of the story:

    So my intention is to try to work through this novella in German. Wish me luck! <---ETA: this was a semi-successful experiment. See above. ...more

  • Foad

    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

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum

    Αυτό το σιχαμερά αξιαγάπητο μαμούνι που σπάραξε την καρδιά.

    Ο Γκρεγκορ που ξυπνώντας -μεταφορικά και κυριολεκτικά- κάποιο πρωινό για να τηρήσει με θρησκευτική ευλάβεια την καθημερινή του ρουτίνα και τον αγώνα για επιβίωση του ίδιου και ολόκληρης της οικογένειας,μεταμορφώνεται προσπαθώντας να λυτρωθεί.

    Αυτή η αλληγορική μεταμόρφωση μπορεί να οδηγεί στην ελευθερία απο τα δεσμά της απόγνωσης και της ματαιότητας -κόπος-μόχθος-εργασία-μοναξιά-απόγνωση-παραλογισμός-το πιθανότερο όμως ειναι ότι οδηγεί