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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a “monstrous vermin”. Genre: Fiction, Horror, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Horror, Short Stories

The Country Doctor

The plot follows a country doctor’s hapless struggle to attend a sick young boy on a cold winter’s night. A series of surreal events occur in the process, including the appearance of a mysterious groom in a pig shed. Genre: Fiction, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

A Hunger Artist

A Hunger Artist explores many of the themes that were close to him: spiritual poverty, asceticism, futility, and the alienation of the modern artist. Genre: Fiction, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

In the Penal Colony

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau’s The Torture Garden as an influence. As in some of Kafka’s other writings, the narrator in this story seems detached from, or perhaps numbed by, events that one would normally expect to be registered with […]


Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

The Trial

The Trial (German: Der Process) is a novel by Franz Kafka about a character named Josef K., who awakens one morning and, for reasons never revealed, is arrested and prosecuted for an unspecified crime. According to Kafka’s friend Max Brod, the author never finished the novel and wrote in his will that it was to […]


Genre: Fiction, Literary