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The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect-like creature.

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the Trial by Franz Kafka | First American edition | Cover by George Salter 1937

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The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka This is an image of what the room may have looked like that Gregor lived in. Imagine being confined to this room as what may seem like the rest of your life. These walls are your new home.

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Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories who is regarded as one of the great writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has entered the English language to describe surreal situations reminiscent of those in his writing.

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Edward Gorey’s Vintage Book Covers for Literary Classics

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The 100 greatest novels of all time: The list

It is really amazing how designer Peter Mendelsund manages to present the themes of Kafka's model just by creating this simple shapes and just a few colors. The minimalistic style of this cover is part of a series he created of Kafka's novels.

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A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. - Franz Kafka

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