by Franz Kafka
Publisher: Project Gutenberg 2005
Number of pages: 208
'When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.' With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.
Home page url
Download or read it online for free here:
by Franz Kafka
The terrifying tale of Joseph K, who is arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of totalitarian regimes.
by Gustave Flaubert - eBooks@Adelaide
A story of one woman's apparently fruitless existence. The protagonist, a hardworking, good-hearted, poor and uneducated woman named Felicite, is said to have been modeled after a maid employed by Flaubert's family during his childhood.
by Louis Couperus - Dodd, Mead and Company
This delicate story is Louis Couperus' third novel. At the time when it was written, the author was a leading member of the 'sensitivist' school of Dutch novelists; and the reader will discover that the story possesses an elusive charm of its own.
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Arden Book Co.
Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. Translated into English by Bayard Taylor.