After the Volta

Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt. – Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

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10 comments

  1. Excellent piece of writing

  2. I love the narrative voice here and think you’ve got some really fantastic word choice and description.
    I look forward to reading more of your work. :)

  3. I love Kafka, I think the quote you opened with set the proper tone. It enhanced the sort of mysterious feel. I enjoyed reading this :]

    • the lead character gregor samsa is from Kafka’s masterpiece “The Metamorphosis.” the theme of this short is primarily the change we undertake once considered members of the adult world. as probably obvious from the story, i have been very disappointed in the world i couldn’t wait to enter as a child. now i would gladly return, or maybe not?! thank you for reading and yes Kafka is badass.

  4. Splendid! I loved the intrigue of the gala and the abruptness and confusion of adulthood. My only question, what was the doorman? Simply age? He doesn’t really promote the affair, and yet it seems he should have warned Gregor.

    • the doorman is two things: one, the regulation of the adult world, usually a government worker or supporter by simply following and administering rules without knowing why. He is the adult accepting, without questioning, which just perpetuates the acting roles we all must play. Two, the story is a throwback to older Franz Kafka stories and as a large fan of the master Kafka, the doorman is very very Kafka-ish and seemed the perfect superficial appearance of our adult society.

  5. adventuresofshe

    Terrifying!

  6. Thank you for an entertaining introduction to flash fiction.

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