The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) was first published in 1915. It tells the story of the transformation of Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman, into what is usually translated as a "giant vermin" (ungeheures Ungeziefer), a large, buglike creature. At once both horrific and somehow mundane, the reader is never told the cause of Gregor's transformation, instead being left to watch as his new circumstances alienate him from his family and former life.

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