The Metamorphosis is a short novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking up in a morning from unsettling dreams to find himself inexplicably turned into a huge and monstrous insect.
Franz Kafka was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic.