The Metamorphosis And Other Stories
This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka’s works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes ‘Metamorphosis’, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; ‘Meditation’, a collection of his earlier studies; ‘The Judgement’, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; ‘The Stoker’, the first chapter of a novel set in America and a fascinating occasional piece, ‘The Aeroplanes at Brescia’, Kafka’s eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka’s literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.
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. 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 At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work.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.