Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory.
"Kafka expertly portrays the vagaries of the human heart in a recording that the gifted Martin Jarvis elevates to an audio classic, employing his storytelling skills and knowing inflections in a lively and charming narration occasionally punctuated by scratchy, whimsical violins....This unforgettable audio movie is vivid and disturbing, shot through with black humor." (AudioFile)
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Physiologically, no insect could ever be as large as a human being.
Thus, this short story’s premise of a young man waking up one morning as a huge insect is completely absurd.
Yet, the story is masterfully written in such a matter-of-fact style that the listener grants it almost undoubted plausibility.
The resulting nightmarish quality provides a lasting memory that brings one to ponder on social stigma and integration.
It is definitely a very worthwhile purchase.
- Pierre Gauthier