Short Story Sunday: Haruki Murakami’s “Samsa in Love”

sssFirst Line: “He woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa.”

I was so excited to come across this story by Haruki Murakami, an inversion of Kafka in typical Murakami style: bluntly sexual, beautifully grotesque. The protagonist awakes in an abandoned house in a disturbing and inadequate body. He navigates the treacherous obstacles of human houses, and then quite unexpectedly finds himself in love with a hunchback locksmith who for the first time makes him appreciate his newfound humanity.

You can read “Samsa In Love” here.


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