"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy goals he found himself changed in the sleep into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his tough, because were armor-plated, back and as he lifted their mind somewhat he could see their domelike brown stomach split into stiff curved portions along with which the sleep quilt could not keep in place and was about to slide off completely. His numerous feet, which were pitifully thin when compared to rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before their eyes."
With this startling, bizarre, yet remarkably funny very first opening, Kafka starts his work of art, The Metamorphosis.
It is the story of a guy just who, changed instantly into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family members, an outsider in his own house, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing - though absurdly comic - meditation on human being emotions of inadequacy, shame, and separation, The Metamorphosis has taken its destination as one of the many commonly read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction.
As W.H. Auden blogged, "Kafka is essential to us because their predicament may be the predicament of contemporary guy."