Metamorphosis (unabridged)

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Franz Kafka


Read by Martin Jarvis


Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory. It is read here, in a new translation, by master story teller Martin Jarvis.

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-598-7
    Cat. no.:NA228612
    Download size:32 MB
    Translated by:Richard Stokes
    Released:April 2003
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‘Looking on oneself as something alien, forgetting the sight, remembering the gaze,’ wrote Kafka, perhaps presaging his most famous tale, in which a workaday travelling salesman wakes one day to find he is now a huge dung beetle. Kafka expertly portrays the vagaries of the human heart – all of its sad glory and tinny selfishness – in a recording that the gifted Martin Jarvis elevates to an audio classic, employing his storytelling skills and knowing inflections in a lively and charming narration occasionally punctuated by scratchy, whimsical violins. Jarvis has firmly established himself as a source of finely nuanced theatre of the mind. This unforgettable audio movie is vivid and disturbing, shot through with black humour.

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