The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella written by Franz Kafka which was first published in 1915. One of Kafka's best-known works, The Metamorphosis tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a huge insect and subsequently struggling to adjust to this new condition. The novella has been widely discussed among literary critics, with differing interpretations being offered.
I read this book for my higschool German literature list for my final exam German. German wasn't an easy language and thus subject for me. It seems close to Dutch, but yet is completely different in grammar and orthography (spelling). Next to Kafka I read Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust in a Gothic font, not exactly very clever of me, because that was rather a challange for me), Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll. To perfect my German I read der Spiegel magazine and the Frankfurter allgemeine zeitung, Die Welt and Die Zeit newspapers, spending fortunes on them in the one book and magazine/newspaper store with international titels in the town of Middelburg next to Vlissingen. Probably because hundreds of thousands of German tourists went to Zeeland each year.
I do remember Kafka, actually almost forgot him and his writings. He could bring in to the emagination of his stories and with this, feelings that almost gives the feelings of the beings in his story. Günter Grass I was unsure about rather I agreed with his writing or not, but that mattered little for the primary reason of reading his works, was to provide an outline and primary subject of his respective works.
Pieter, I remember Kafka and his sense of being trapped. Thanks for the reminder and the cover that sounds familiar.
When I was coming back from vacations in Panama I met a woman - professor from Rice University in Texas. This is quite a famous university in the US. She was working on a book about another famous French philosopher who has lots of followings around the world. His name is Michel Foucault. Here is an interesting video with his work: