My first Kafka! Catching up with some classics I’ve never got around to reading.
Gregor wakes up one morning and finds he is a giant beetle. He doesn’t seem all that concerned. He’s quite bothered by the fact that he may have to miss work. He’s supporting his family, you see.
They discover him and FREAK OUT! as you probably would. They sort of try and look after him. but he’s just a massive inconvenience for them all.
Then he dies and solves a problem for the family. Phew!
Is he literally a beetle? Has he just had a mental breakdown? It doesn’t matter all that much. What matters is he’s been transformed from useful, money providing family member into a repulsive dependent. How his family treat him, their attitude to him, is what it’s all about.
Here’s a very short synopsis of a very short novella: