Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Metamorphosis

"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked."

--Franz Kafka

"The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is novella, by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become."

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Franz Kafka in 1906
"Franz Kafka[a] (Jewish name: אנשיל, Anschel; 3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Most of his works, such as "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of bureaucracy, and mystical transformations."

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hale-bopp said...

I had to read and discuss it in German in college.

OrbsCorbs said...

My favorite is The Trial. The bureaucracy drives Josef K. nuts while he can't even find out what he's "on trial" for.

I consider The Trial to be the blueprint of my life. Apparently, I have offended someone with power. A god, or High Priestess, or High Priest. Damned if I know what's going on. I have and will eat my share of shit sandwiches in this life. However, I never agreed to eat nothing but shit sandwiches. An occasional steak would be nice now and again.

kkdither said...

Orbs, we warned you about getting under Madame Z.'s skin.

I prefer lighter reading, but not the romance - chick genre. Just finished book 2 of a 4 book series and #3 is on hold. Love having the time to read!