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    Metamorphosis

    £5.99
    Jenni Fagan says:

    Kafka is cited as an influence on many Scottish writers from Trocchi, Kelman, Tom Leonard, Alan Warner, Ali Smith to myself and many more.

    The Metamorphosis is a brilliant modernist story and it greatly inspired in some way, my approach for Luckenbooth.

    The very first English translation of this was done by Willa and Edwin Muir in Scotland. Willa was one of Scotland’s foremost feminists and writers.

    Scottish writers have long been heavily influenced by European modernist literature, we are linked in our surrealism, darkness, intellect, the use of horror and social subversion to expose the undesirable truths of humanity.

    ISBN: 9780241260654
    AuthorFranz Kafka
    Pub Date26/05/2016
    Pages320
    Availability: In Stock

    'I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.'

    Featuring an ordinary man who wakes up to find himself turned into a giant cockroach, Kafka's masterpiece of unease and black humour, Metamorphosis, is brought together here with the best of his short stories.

    A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

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    'I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.'

    Featuring an ordinary man who wakes up to find himself turned into a giant cockroach, Kafka's masterpiece of unease and black humour, Metamorphosis, is brought together here with the best of his short stories.

    A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

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