The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony and Other Stories

By Franz Kafka

Words from the achiever

“I remember the awakening that occurred in me when I read Franz Kafka for the first time. I remember it was in the evening when I began reading it. I spent the entire night reading and in the morning I heard the garbage collector around five o’clock. Usually, I was annoyed at the garbage collector. It’s a very ugly noise that they make, ugly sounds. That morning I was happy. I wanted to run out and embrace them — all these garbage collectors — because they taught me that there was another world than the world of Kafka, which is absurd and desperate, and despairing.”

About the book

A new translation by Joachim Neugroschel of Kafka’s classic tales of alienation and absurdity.