Metamorphosis

by Peter Kuper

Hardback, 80 pp
Crown Publishers
August 2004


A brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Franz Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug.
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.

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Reviews for "Metamorphosis"

“ Kafka’s stoic Euro-alienation meets and merges with Kuper’s thoroughly American rock and roll alienation.”—Jules Feiffer
“ The ride from book to comic can be bumpy. Mr. Kuper navigates the transition with precision.”—New York Times
“ Kafka’s anguished archetypal characters are easily rendered into visual equivalents and given new life in Kuper’s raw, expressionistic graphic style.”—Publishers Weekly
“ Bubbling beneath the surface is a caustic batch of black humor that is as much unsettling as it is absurd. This is the magic of Kafka. And Kuper gives it a postmodern edge here, with an intriguing dance of picture and text.”—Gannett News Service
“ Kuper’s scratchboard style . . . is reminiscent of the German expressionist artists . . . and his cartoony approach accentuates Kafka’s dark humor.”—Booklist