Franz Kafka - Metamorphosis

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0120080509 (BBC7)
20141004 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect. His family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but this slowly turns to revulsion - and then monstrous indifference - as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

First published in 1912, Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's classic novel in four parts.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the 20th century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Kafka, although Czech and living in Prague, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, spoke fluent German and Czech and actually wrote in German and thought it his mother tongue. The tensions between those who spoke German and those who spoke Czech were a direct reflection of the rise of nationalism and the quest for national identity.

Metamorphosis was translated by Richard Stokes. Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2006.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20150511 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect. His family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but this slowly turns to revulsion - and then monstrous indifference - as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

First published in 1912, Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's classic novel in four parts.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the 20th century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Kafka, although Czech and living in Prague, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, spoke fluent German and Czech and actually wrote in German and thought it his mother tongue. The tensions between those who spoke German and those who spoke Czech were a direct reflection of the rise of nationalism and the quest for national identity.

Metamorphosis was translated by Richard Stokes. Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2006.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20161205 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect. His family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but this slowly turns to revulsion - and then monstrous indifference - as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

First published in 1912, Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's classic novel in four parts.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the 20th century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Kafka, although Czech and living in Prague, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, spoke fluent German and Czech and actually wrote in German and thought it his mother tongue. The tensions between those who spoke German and those who spoke Czech were a direct reflection of the rise of nationalism and the quest for national identity.

Metamorphosis was translated by Richard Stokes. Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2006.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20161206 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect. His family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but this slowly turns to revulsion - and then monstrous indifference - as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

First published in 1912, Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's classic novel in four parts.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the 20th century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Kafka, although Czech and living in Prague, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, spoke fluent German and Czech and actually wrote in German and thought it his mother tongue. The tensions between those who spoke German and those who spoke Czech were a direct reflection of the rise of nationalism and the quest for national identity.

Metamorphosis was translated by Richard Stokes. Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2006.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20130902 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20130903 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20141005 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20150512 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect.

0120080509 (BBC7)
20161206 (BBC7)

Gregor Samsa wakes one day to find himself hideously transformed into a monstrous insect.

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0220080512 (BBC7)
20130904 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his family find it harder to accept.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20141012 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his family find it harder to accept.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20150513 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his family find it harder to accept.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20161207 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his family find it harder to accept.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20130903 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his shocked family find it harder to accept. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20141011 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his shocked family find it harder to accept. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20141012 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his shocked family find it harder to accept. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20150512 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his shocked family find it harder to accept. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20150513 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his shocked family find it harder to accept. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0220080512 (BBC7)
20161206 (BBC7)

Gregor is adapting to his new insect form, but his shocked family find it harder to accept. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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0320080513 (BBC7)
20141019 (BBC7)

Now a monster, Gregor strives to stay close to his family, but his father turns on him.

0320080513 (BBC7)
20150514 (BBC7)

Now a monster, Gregor strives to stay close to his family, but his father turns on him.

0320080513 (BBC7)
20161208 (BBC7)

Now a monster, Gregor strives to stay close to his family, but his father turns on him.

0320080513 (BBC7)
20150513 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family - but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

PROMOTION NOTE

"When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect."

This shocking opening introduces one of the twentieth century's most famous stories.

Gregor's family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but their horror slowly turns to revulsion and then monstrous indifference as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

Metamorphosis was first published in 1912.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads this surreal classic in four parts.

Stage and screen actor, Benedict Cumberbatch was Bafta nominated for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC TV drama, "Hawking". Most recently he appeared in the TV dramatisation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy, "To The Ends of The Earth". He also won critical acclaim playing Hedda's husband, George, in last year's West End production of "Hedda Gabler".

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the twentieth-century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Translated by Richard Stokes

(Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins).

0320080513 (BBC7)
20161207 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family - but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

PROMOTION NOTE

"When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect."

This shocking opening introduces one of the twentieth century's most famous stories.

Gregor's family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but their horror slowly turns to revulsion and then monstrous indifference as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

Metamorphosis was first published in 1912.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads this surreal classic in four parts.

Stage and screen actor, Benedict Cumberbatch was Bafta nominated for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC TV drama, "Hawking". Most recently he appeared in the TV dramatisation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy, "To The Ends of The Earth". He also won critical acclaim playing Hedda's husband, George, in last year's West End production of "Hedda Gabler".

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the twentieth-century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Translated by Richard Stokes

(Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins).

0320080513 (BBC7)
20130904 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family, but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0320080513 (BBC7)
20141018 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family, but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

0320080513 (BBC7)
20130905 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family.

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0420080514 (BBC7)
20150515 (BBC7)

Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family.

0420080514 (BBC7)
20161209 (BBC7)

Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family.

0420080514 (BBC7)
20150514 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family - but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

PROMOTION NOTE

"When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect."

This shocking opening introduces one of the twentieth century's most famous stories.

Gregor's family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but their horror slowly turns to revulsion and then monstrous indifference as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

Metamorphosis was first published in 1912.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads this surreal classic in four parts.

Stage and screen actor, Benedict Cumberbatch was Bafta nominated for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC TV drama, "Hawking". Most recently he appeared in the TV dramatisation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy, "To The Ends of The Earth". He also won critical acclaim playing Hedda's husband, George, in last year's West End production of "Hedda Gabler".

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the twentieth-century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Translated by Richard Stokes

(Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins).

0420080514 (BBC7)
20161208 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family - but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

PROMOTION NOTE

"When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect."

This shocking opening introduces one of the twentieth century's most famous stories.

Gregor's family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but their horror slowly turns to revulsion and then monstrous indifference as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

Metamorphosis was first published in 1912.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads this surreal classic in four parts.

Stage and screen actor, Benedict Cumberbatch was Bafta nominated for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC TV drama, "Hawking". Most recently he appeared in the TV dramatisation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy, "To The Ends of The Earth". He also won critical acclaim playing Hedda's husband, George, in last year's West End production of "Hedda Gabler".

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the twentieth-century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Translated by Richard Stokes

(Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins).

04 LAST20080514 (BBC7)
20130905 (BBC7)

Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

04 LAST20080514 (BBC7)
20130906 (BBC7)

Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

04 LAST20080514 (BBC7)
20130906 (BBC7)

Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family.

04 LAST20080514 (BBC7)
20141026 (BBC7)

Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family.

04 LAST20080514 (BBC7)
20141025 (BBC7)

Now a monstrous insect, Gregor strives to stay close to his family - but his father turns on him. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

PROMOTION NOTE

"When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect."

This shocking opening introduces one of the twentieth century's most famous stories.

Gregor's family react with horror at his bizarre transformation but their horror slowly turns to revulsion and then monstrous indifference as he is left to quietly waste away in his bedroom.

Metamorphosis was first published in 1912.

Benedict Cumberbatch reads this surreal classic in four parts.

Stage and screen actor, Benedict Cumberbatch was Bafta nominated for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the BBC TV drama, "Hawking". Most recently he appeared in the TV dramatisation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy, "To The Ends of The Earth". He also won critical acclaim playing Hedda's husband, George, in last year's West End production of "Hedda Gabler".

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) ranks among the twentieth-century's most acclaimed writers. He is often cited as the author whose works best evoke the concerns and preoccupations of modern life. The world in his stories is portrayed as one in which the fantastic is entirely normal, the irrational is rational, and the unreasonable seems reasonable. As Ernst Pawel wrote in his biography of the writer, "Kafka articulates the anguish of being human."

Translated by Richard Stokes

(Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins).

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