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10/6/10

Franz Kafka's Chutzpah























The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella
by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915.

Opening paragraph:

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled
dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a
horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he
lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly,
slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.
The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready
to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin
compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about
helplessly as he looked.