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Metamorphosis and Other Stories

Metamorphosis and Other Stories

Metamorphosis and Other Stories

By Franz Kafka
Translated by Michael Hofmann

“I think of a Kafka story as a perfect work of literary art, as approachable as it is strange, and as strange as it is approachable.” —Michael Hofmann

For all his fame, Franz Kafka published only a small number of stories in his lifetime. This new translation of those stories, by Michael Hofmann, one of the most respected German-to-English translators at work today, makes Kafka's best-known works available to a new generation of readers. Metamorphosis gives full expression to the breadth of Kafka's literary vision and the extraordinary depth of his imagination.

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including "The Metamorphosis", "The Judgment", and "The Stoker". He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.

320 pages
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 2008
Originally published in 1915
5.7 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
ISBN 9780143105244
Short Stories, Fiction

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