ISBN 9780553213690,The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis


Franz Kafka


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 1972

ISBN 9780553213690

ISBN-10 0553213695


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)


The Metamorphosis is a book written by German author Franz Kafka, which describes how a man turns into a giant insect and becomes a disgrace to his own family. It was first published in 1972. Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of the novella, is a salesman earning a meagre salary, and the sole breadwinner of his family. One morning, he wakes up from an unusual dream to find himself transformed into a giant insect. He realises that he has missed his morning train to office and his manager may not spare him. His mother knocks continuously on his door to wake him up, but when he tries to get up, he cannot move, nor can he talk, because his words have become mere squeals. As he tries to roll over, his boss arrives and warns him that he may have to face serious consequences if he does not show up at work. He finally manages to drag himself to the door, and when he opens it, his boss is shocked to see the transformation, and flees the place. His parents and family also find themselves in a state of shock and disgust. Will Gregor be able to save his face? Will his family accept him in his transformed state? Will he still be able to make both ends meet for his family? Sprinkled with bizarre, yet funny incidents, the book talks about human feelings in a state of helplessness. Franz Kafka was one of the most prominent writers in German. He was born in 1883 to a Jewish family in Prague, current day Czech Republic. His stories and novels include The Penal Colony, The Castle, The Trial, and Amerika. Kafka wrote mostly in German, Czech, and a little in French. He wrote several incomplete novels and short stories which were by and large published posthumously, under the supervision of his close friend Max Brod. Although Kafka initially studied Chemistry at Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague, he quickly shifted to law. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Law in 1906. He died of tuberculosis in 1924.