Freshly discover a world literature classic: Franz Kafka's âșThe Metamorphosisâč, 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 âșThe Metamorphosisâč. 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 Storm's âșLittle Johnâč) also kept to the author's wish: In her sensitive pencil drawings, Gregor Samsa's disturbing world comes profoundly to life right in front of our eyes.