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The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a 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 Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka never did give 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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Great insight into the human condition.

This is a story about the permanent and devastating physical changes that can happen to anyone of us. One minute we are youthful, healthy and strong. The next minute, in the blink of an eye and with out warning, everything changes. We now have an illness which is terminal and we morph into something which we perceive as monstrous and grotesque. As the illness progresses our bodies begin to break down and decay. We are no longer a part of the every day world, and no one can even begin to understand our horror. And so, we feel isolated in our very own hell. The lesson of this story is to take nothing for granted-enjoy our youth and our good heath, while we can.


Very good book. However, it's disturbing in some parts. The author's life is described, in some ways, through the main character. Overall, a good read. 

Shockingly shocking!

I like the way this book kicks off. Shocking, annoying transformation of the main character captures my imagination every time I read this book. A smooth process of an ordinary sales man drowning into isolation and bewilderment.

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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 03, 1924
  • Publisher: Public Domain
  • Seller: Public Domain
  • Print Length: 89 Pages
  • Language: English
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