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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories


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Meditation The Judgement The Metamorphosis In the Penal Colony Letter to his Father

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Joyce Crick taught at University College London for many years. She has written on Kafka's first English translators Willa and Edwin Muir, and for Oxford World's Classics she has translated Freud's Interpretation of Dreams (winner of the Schlegel-Tieck prize in 2000), and edited and translated a selection of Grimm's Tales. Ritchie Robertson is the author of the Very Short Introduction to Kafka. For Oxford World's Classics he has translated Hoffmann's The Golden Pot and Other Stories and introduced editions of Freud and Schnitzler. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann.


These stories are an ideal introduction to the haunting imagination of Kafka (The Metamorphosis, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/1/92), a literary giant who captures the essence of human alienation and implacable bureaucracy. The author's crystal clear, matter-of-fact presentation probes the mysteries of what it means to be human in this century. When he focuses on the minutest of details, endless intricacy, and subtlety of a situation, the supernatural operates within the natural at its satirical best. In addition to artful translator Joachim Neugroschel's splendid introduction and the title story, the collection includes "Contemplation," "The Judgement," "The Stoker," "In the Penal Colony," and "A Country Doctor." George Guidall reads each selection with care and precision. Because Kafka can be understood and interpreted on many levels, he has wide appeal to high schoolers and beyond. Highly recommended.‘James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

This edition contains a fascinating introduction by Ritchie Robertson, offering Buddhist, Freudian and expressionist readings of the text. * Guardian online, WB Gooderham *
Bracing surprises for buffs as well as an easy passage into the labyrinth for newcomers. * Boyd Tonkin, The Independent *

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