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Summary: "Anxious Pleasures takes Franz Kafka's profoundly haunting and sad comic novella, The Metamorphosis, and reanimates it through the vantage points of those who surrounded Gregor Samsa during his plight. All the familiar characters are here, including the hysterical mother, stern father, faithless sister, and the pragmatic household cook. But we are also introduced to, among others, the would-be author downstairs who daydreams of the narrative he may someday compose and a young woman in contemporary London reading Kafka's slim book for the first time."
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Hates his job; his family's sole breadwinner; provided his parents and sisters with comfortable lives; dreamt of sending his sister to study violin; awakes one morning to find himself transformed into a bug; torn between his human wants and emotions and his insect needs.
Insecure; reading Kafka's The Metamorphosis; grandparents are missing.