Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka


By Franz Kafka

  • Release Date: 1924-06-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,961 Ratings


The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka never did give an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become.


  • Metamorphosis

    By Drstm
    Not worth reading.
  • Great book

    By Saffraxy
    Even though the ending is a little strange, it is greatly written and i suggest it to all readers
  • I loved it!!!

    By Fivestarme!:)
    This is an amazing novel, despite the character being a "vermin" or "bug" (this depends upon which translation you choose) i felt it was immediately easy to feel how Gregor felt. I also really enjoyed the way the novel was set up, because despite it being in one setting, the story remained captivating and fluid. There were so many connections between Gregor and Franz that it made me understand where the novel came from. Also this specific translation of the novel is one of my favorites! :) -Happy reading!
  • A Few Words

    By JollyJustin
    I'm no expert author or reviewer, but I found this to be an entertaining read. It wasn't too long, and I liked the premise. I thought it to be very precise and to the point.
  • Ew

    By Amparker290
    I literally just hate bugs and this book is just about one big one
  • Mr.Samsa

    By AFrigginUnicorn
    I found this book on a buzzfeed list that said "it will change the way you treat people". This book was powerful,and saddening, it makes you really think about how others feel about your actions. Good read for a lover of classics and people with weird bug obsessions!
  • So weird

    By theguelahpapyrus1
    What a weird book!!! Is there anything to take from it? I really don't know.
  • Life Lessons for Us All

    By Sammabear
    Kafka's style isn't for everyone. When I was a young university student, the nuances of this book could only penetrate my consciousness so deeply because I was lacking real world experience. If you only read this book in high school or college because it was a class requirement, then I would encourage you to revisit this great piece of literary work.
  • A strange little novel

    By FolkDabbler20
    Absurd, ruminating, depressing, funny, and beautiful. Who knew that a human could be so much like a caterpillar (or vice versa)
  • metamorphisis

    By fhvudncjdn866
    terrible and gross