The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

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The Metamorphosis is a novella written by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. The story revolves around Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect-like creature. The novella explores themes of alienation, isolation, and existential angst as Gregor struggles to come to terms with his new form and its implications for his relationships with his family and society. As Gregor's physical condition deteriorates, his family's attitudes toward him change, and he becomes increasingly isolated from the world around him. Ultimately, The Metamorphosis is a deeply introspective work that delves into the human condition and the complexities of identity and belonging.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 21,931 words, 30 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1915. This translation by Ian Courtenay Johnston was published and released into the public domain in 1999.

Production notes: This ebook of The Metamorphosis was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 29th March 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Study of a hissing cockroach' by Reed Price.

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