Metamorphosis & Some Other Stories. by Franz Kafka (Heathen Edition)

Metamorphosis & Some Other Stories.

Spine #33
Franz Kafka
Ian C. Johnston
First Edition
Heathen Edition
June 6, 2023
Heathen Genera
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One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armor-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. His blanket perched high on this belly could hardly stay in place; it seemed about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

"What’s happened to me?" he thought. It was no dream.

"Why don’t I keep sleeping for a little while longer and forget all this foolishness?" he thought. But this was entirely impractical, for he was used to sleeping on his right side; and in his present state he could not get himself into this position. No matter how hard he threw himself onto his right side, he always rolled onto his back again.

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was a prolific German-speaking Bohemian author based in Prague, now widely regarded as one of the principal literary figures of the 20th century. His stories, infused with acute realism and the absurdly fantastic, often feature isolated protagonists facing bizarre, surrealistic predicaments and bewildering, impenetrable socio-bureaucratic powers. In 1915, he published one of his best-known works, Metamorphosis, which tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a giant insect and struggles to adjust to his new condition. Also collected in this edition are nine more Kafka short stories and parables, including In the Penal Colony, A Hunger Artist, and A Report for an Academy.

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