Saturday, February 9, 2013

Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" (novella, free)

An illustration by an unknown artist for The Metamorphosis, a story by Franz Kafka. It shows the man transformed into vermin first opening the door of his bedroom to his family and office head clerk.
It's about the hell a family goes through when its sole bread winner falls incurably sick with a sickness that carries a social stigma & physically turns him "ugly"?

It's the nature of this sickness that makes the story sf - one fine morning, he wakes up a giant "vermin"! No explanation is offered for this, but that's not important either - story is really about how the family tries to cope with it.

The story is not always logical & is occasionally too verbose, but it's sometimes very moving.

Fact sheet.

First published: 1915 (as a separate book in German?)
Download full text of an English translation by David Wyllie from Project Gutenberg. [via Best Science Fiction Stories]
PS: This post is actually based on a different translation that's not online.
Image above courtesy is of The Rhyming Med Student.
Rating: A.


Larry said...

Sounds interesting!

Tinkoo said...

I thought everybody in the West read it in school?