Happy birthday, Mr Samsa

It’s a century since Die Verwandlung , Kafka’s most famous novella detailing human angst and the pain that comes from impotence, narrated by a man turned into vermin, was published. I hear about Kafka constantly even having only read one of his works in this academic year – for he is in Oxford, in the research institute containing the first page of this work, ย that famous “Als Gregor Samsa sich eines Morgens aus unruhigen Trรคumen erwachte…” that we are not allowed to visit unless specialised in the life of this peculiar, fascinating man,ย  Continue reading

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