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Let us read "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka

Hosted by the Consul of the Addis Ababa Book Club Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 03 May 18:30 - 20:30

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Let us read the book 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka.

We will have 1 month to read the book and come together to Daniel`s house for snacks and to discuss the book as a book club group.
We will meet at 6.30pm until 8.30pm on THURSDAY 3rd May Protected content .

As this will be the ninth book club meeting, we will discuss the book for next month.

Details of the book are as follows:

"The Metamorphosis" is a short novel by Franz Kafka, first published in Protected content . It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into an insect. The cause of this metamorphosis isn't revealed and the book is central on the effect this has had on his and his family's life. They now have to adjust to his new figure.

Like most Kafka works, The Metamorphosis tends to entail the use of a religious or psychological interpretation by most of its interpreters. It has been particularly common to read the story as an expression of Kafka’s father complex. Besides the psychological approach, interpretations focusing on sociological aspects which see the Samsa family as a portrayal of general social circumstances, have gained a large following as well.

Vladimir Nabokov rejected such interpretations, noting that they do not live up to Kafka’s art. He instead chose an interpretation guided by the artistic detail but categorically excluded any and all attempts at deciphering a symbolical or allegorical level of meaning. Commenting on Kafka’s style, he writes: “The transparency of his style underlines the dark richness of his fantasy world. Contrast and uniformity, style and the depicted, portrayal and fable are seamlessly intertwined”.

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