The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories

The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories

Works Published During Kafka’s Lifetime

Written by:
Edited by: Malcolm Pasley
Translated by: Malcolm Pasley

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140184785
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A companion volume to The Great Wall of China and Other Short Works, these new translations bring together the small proportion of Kafka’s works that he thought worthy of publication. This volume contains his most famous story. The Transformation, more popularly known as Metamorphosis. Other works include 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 Fasting Artist, a collection of stories written towards the end of Kafka’s life. There is also a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka’s eye-witness account of an air display in 1909. Taken together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka’s literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.


The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories

The Transformation (Metamorphosis) and Other Stories

Written by: Franz Kafka, Edited by: Malcolm Pasley, Translated by: Malcolm Pasley

Table of Contents

Translated and Edited by Malcolm Pasley

Editor’s Preface

The Aeroplanes at Brescia

Children on the Country Road
Unmasking a Confidence Trickster
The Sudden Walk
The Excursion into the Mountains
The Fate of the Bachelor
The Businessman
A Stray Glance from the Window
The Way Home
The Men Running Past
The Passenger
The Rejection
For the Consideration of Amateur Jockeys
The Window on the Street
Longing to be a Red Indian
The Trees

The Judgement: A Story

The Stoker: A Fragment

The Transformation

In the Penal Colony

A Country Doctor: Little Tales
The New Advocate
A Country Doctor
Up in the Gallery
A Leaf from an Old Manuscript
Before the Law
Jackals and Arabs
A Visit to the Mine
The Next Village
A Message from the Emperor
A Problem for the Father of the Family
Eleven Sons
A Fratricide
A Dream
A Report to an Academy

The Coal-Scuttle Rider

A Fasting-Artist: Four Stories
First Sorrow
A Little Woman
A Fasting-artist
Josefine, the Songstress or: The Mouse People