‘Metamorphosis’, one of the most sonorous stories of 20th-century literature, gets a nod from Google. On July 2, Google makes a Doodle based on the story as a tribute to 130th birthday anniversary of its writer, the Czech mythmaker Franz Kafka.
Kafka was born on July 3, 1883.
The doodle features the nightmarish image of the human-insect depicted in Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’. The book is about Gregor Samsa who woke up one morning and found himself transformed into a bug. The bug could be a cockroach, a beetle, or an insect because the ‘ungeheueren Ungeziefer’, the original German, left the matter ambiguous.
Kafka has written some other masterpieces too like ‘The Trial’ – the great novel of guilt, judgment, and retribution, and ‘The Castle’ – one of the most beautiful and emotional novels ever.
However, Google chose ‘Metamorphosis’ for showing honor to Kafka possibly because no other Kafka’s novel is there that strikes the heart with such unfathomable poignancy.