Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


“Metamorphosis”, by Franz Kafka, is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world; Elias Canetti described it as “one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written during this century.” The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect.
However, Gregor remains a devoted son, and takes to hiding beneath a sofa whenever someone enters his room in order to shield them from his insect form. When alone, he amuses himself by looking out of his window and crawling up the walls and on the ceiling.

Translation by David Wyllie
Copyright © 2002 by David Wyllie

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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