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Monday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.

In the Bentley Conference Room on 2nd Floor

We are reading the Barnes & Noble Classics translation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis and Other Stories. It sells for about $6.95. We are sticking to a single translation since we have found that if we read different translations of these foreign language authors, we have different interpretations. The group decided that everyone would read Metamorphosis and then as many or as few of the other stories as each person wanted.

Franz Kafka was introspective and his work reflects this--the protagonists are stand-ins for Kafka himself--and the episodic nature of the plotting and their reaction to it reflects issues in his life. Kafka's work also ventures into the surreal, which the reader is implicitly asked to accept. Often called the father of the modern novel, Kafka was one of the first to move away from the "dear reader" aspect of fiction popular until that point, and allow characters to speak for themselves--a first-person dialogue between narrator and reader with no authorial intrusion in between. - Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924 from Novelist online database accessed June 6, 2013 through GALILEO