Freshly discover a world literature classic: Franz Kafkaâ€™s â€şThe Metamorphosisâ€ą, atmospherically illustrated by Tatjana Hauptmann. Â»Prague, 25 October 1915: Dear Sir! You wrote recently to tell me that Ottomar Starke will be illustrating the cover of â€şThe Metamorphosisâ€ą. I just had a little shock. It just occurred to me that he might want to draw the insect itself. Not that, please not that!Â« Franz Kafka sent this pleading request to Kurt Wolff publishing house in 1915. Tatjana Hauptmann, who has illustrated a number of texts for Diogenes (most recently Theodor Stormâ€™s â€şLittle Johnâ€ą) also kept to the authorâ€™s wish: In her sensitive pencil drawings, Gregor Samsaâ€™s disturbing world comes profoundly to life right in front of our eyes.
Â»The latest edition, whose typeface is closely based on that of the original edition of 1915, feels just right not only because of the details that will please the collector, but also thanks to the sensitive illustrations by the artist Tatjana Hauptmann, born in 1950.Â«Kieler Nachrichten