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Existentialism

BOOK (1915)

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Kurt Wolff

Gregor Samsa's life is not his own. Events that shape his existence happen despite him and even his plans to take control of his destiny are plagued by doubts about how this might affect others.

Sunday, 6 May, 2012, 12:00am

Our world's become an existential joke

As a failed philosophy student, I can't help but notice how people don't use words like existence and existential in popular English-speaking culture the way they used to. When I was a student in 1980s North America, those words were usually associated with French existentialism, popularised as much by Jean-Paul Sartre as by Woody Allen.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

BOOK (1938)

Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre (Editions Gallimard)

It was once de rigueur for hipsters to be seen poring over a tatty paperback copy of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential novel Nausea. As a work of literature, the book is a perfect representation of the angst of youth - the difficulty of connecting with people and the apparent pointlessness of existence.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The Importance of Being Married

The Importance of Being Married

by Gemma Townley

Orion, HK$91

22 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Vesturport and Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts

Reviewed: Feb 19

24 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

How To Read Literature Like A Professor

by Thomas C Foster

Quill $130

27 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Author encourages students to read more and try new things to improve their writing

DO YOU FIND reading interesting? If not, it might just be because you have not been trying hard enough.

'Words are very interesting. But to enjoy reading or writing, you have to put in the time and effort to learn and grasp the fundamental ability,' says award-winning local author Dung Kai-cheung.

11 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

The Game (Rerun)

ABOUT HALF-WAY through this show, the grotesque-looking old man on stage half addressed the full-house audience: 'Don't bring your children here, they'll be bored!'

A piece of advice that perhaps came too late for some, as already sitting among us were a handful of youngsters who probably felt as shocked as they were bored.

14 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Read all about it - but only in French

Madeline Porgin, 44, owner of Parentheses Bookshop, came to Hong Kong 19 years ago with her husband and a suitcase full of French literature. With a science degree from the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, she worked in chemical laboratories until her love of books led her to open Parentheses in Wellington Street, Central.

26 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Brilliance in bleakness

METAMORPHOSIS Theatre du Pif Cultural Centre Theatre du Pif's Metamorphosis is a visual feast. The lighting designs and audio effects, coupled with the stylised body movements, have brought this surreal nightmare vividly on to the stage.

25 May 1997 - 12:00am

At home with Kafka's vision

Hong Kong performing artists cannot seem to get enough of Franz Kafka's surreal classic novel Metamorphosis, in which the main character - Gregor - wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant beetle.

22 May 1997 - 12:00am

Metamorphosis' fine third phase

THE last in Sand and Bricks' Metamorphosis trilogy, based on Franz Kafka's story about a man who wakes up to find that he has turned into a beetle, Metamorphosis 95 is more about the effect the change has on his family than the insect-man himself.

15 May 1995 - 12:00am

Immense tasks still lie ahead

I EXTEND my heartiest greetings to my countrymen on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of our Independence and National Day.

On this joyful occasion, we are fully conscious of the deep sense of obligation we owe to the memory of those living and dead, whose vision, dedication and sacrifice have made the observance of this day possible.

26 Mar 1993 - 12:00am