We couldn't think of a better way to kick off October, than celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of the best literary short stories ever written: Franz Kaka's Metamorphosis. Kafka worked on Metamorphosis for over three years and finally released it to the public in October 1915, and a century later, it is still attracting readers.
Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman who wakes one morning, much to his horror and those around him, to find he has been transformed into a 'monstrous vermin,' without rhyme or reason. Why this transformation happens, we are never told, but Kafka had a keen interest in existentialism.
Metamorphosis is riddled with themes of the absurdity of life, the disconnection between body and mind, alienation and the limits of sympathy, which makes it just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. If you haven't read the story that Elias Canetti wrote Kafka "could never surpass, because there is nothing which Metamorphosis could be surpassed by," might we be so bold to say, it's time.
And now,100 years later, you can read it as an eBook with a haunting and expertly choreographed soundtrack on Booktrack. In essence, in 2015 Booktrack brought the metamorphosis of Metamorphosis. We think Kafka would approve.