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The Metamorphosis

And Other Stories

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Paperback published by Schocken (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

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This collection brings together the stories that Kafka allowed to be published during his lifetime. To Max Brod, his literary executor, he wrote: “Of all my writings the only books that can stand are these.”

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This collection brings together the stories that Kafka allowed to be published during his lifetime. To Max Brod, his literary executor, he wrote: “Of all my writings the only books that can stand are these.”

Product Details
Paperback (320 pages)
Published: November 14, 1995
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Schocken
ISBN: 9780805210576
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