by Franz Kafka
Kafka’s seminal work tells the story of a salesman who unexpectedly turns into a bug. The short novel is a work of literature that can best be described as “Kafkaesque,” a term coined in honor of the author. The story follows the consequences and travails of the salesman’s family in light of his having become an insect-like creature, especially one who can no longer work as a salesman.
Kafka published The Metamorphosis in 1915 in his native German language. I will read a recent English translation from Canadian scholar Ian Johnston. The electronic edition I downloaded for the project is 49 pages long.
- [Book] The Metamorphosis on Wikipedia
- [Author] Franz Kafka on Wikipedia
- [Info] Oxford Kafka Research Centre, which manages a large collection of Kafka’s works
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