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, Β that famous “Als Gregor Samsa sich eines Morgens aus unruhigen TrΓ€umen erwachte…” that we are not allowed to visit unless specialised in the life of this peculiar, fascinating man,Β  Continue reading

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