Celebrate the #SamsaCentennial on 100th Anniversary of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis"

One hundred years ago this month, Franz Kafka published an odd story about traveling salesman who wakes up a bug. Since then, it's held up with uncanny ease and charm under the pressure of being acclaimed one of the most influential works of 20th-century literature. Here are a few links to help you celebrate your #SamsaCentennial, you old dung beetle!

  • Translations in the public domain: the classic English translation by Willa and Edwin Muir, and the excellent David Wyllie translation
  • The German original!
  • Vladimir Nabokov's Cornell lecture on "The Metamorphosis" 
  • If you're in London, the Jewish Community Centre JW3 is hosting its #KafkaFest of music, theatre, and cinema, including a stage adaptation of Kafka's infamous (unsent) letter to his father.
 Alon Nashman in JW3's "Kafka & Son." (Publicity still via  stagereview.co.uk )

Alon Nashman in JW3's "Kafka & Son." (Publicity still via stagereview.co.uk)

 Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson as Gregor in Pita's "Metamorphosis." (Photo via  Royal Opera House , (c) ROH 2011.)

Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson as Gregor in Pita's "Metamorphosis." (Photo via Royal Opera House, (c) ROH 2011.)

Do you have any favorite Kafka resources or "Metamorphosis" events? Tell us in the comments! And don't miss out on Fiction Unbound's appreciation of "The Metamorphosis," coming this Friday!


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