**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003
A brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug.
Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a kinetic illustrated adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Kuper’s electric drawings—where American cartooning meets German expressionism—bring Kafka’s prose to vivid life, reviving the original story’s humor and poignancy in a way that will surprise and delight readers of Kafka and graphic novels alike.
"...a faithful and compelling adaptation....[Kuper] ably draws out both the horrific and the humorous elements of the story in his black-and-white scratchboard illustrations, which are cartoonish and expressionistic, with heavily detailed backgrounds. This book can act as an excellent introduction to the original....Recommended...." —Library Journal
WINNER - School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - Adapted by Peter Kuper - Feature Site
FRANZ KAFKA was born in Prague in 1883. Although his passion was for writing, it never served as a livelihood and only a handful of his stories were published before he died of tuberculosis at the age of forty. Though largely unknown during his lifetime, he has come to be regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His short story The Metamorphosis, originally written in German in 1915, is considered to be his masterpiece.
PETER KUPER'S fascination with entomology began at the age of five but was supplanted by his discovery of comic books several years later. Thanks to Franz Kafka, Kuper no longer has to choose between the two. His comics and illustrations appear regularly in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Mad, for which he draws “Spy vs Spy” every month. Give It Up!, his first collection of Kafka adaptations, was published in 1995.