The Judgment The Metamorphosis In the Penal Colony A Country Doctor A Report to an Academy
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.