Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa

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Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa
Author Marc Estrin
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Blue Hen
Media type Print (~binding~)
ISBN 0-425-18860-4
OCLC 51988712

Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa is a sequel to Franz Kafka's short-story The Metamorphosis, written in 2002 by Marc Estrin.

Plot introduction[edit]

Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of The Metamorphosis, is revealed to have survived his apparent death at the end of the original story and goes on to have additional travels and experiences in the early-twentieth century.

Plot summary[edit]

Rather than being thrown away like trash, Gregor Samsa was secretly sold to a Viennese sideshow by the Samsas' chambermaid. He then met various figures like Wittgenstein, Spengler and Einstein and witnessed American Prohibition, the Scopes trial, was involved in Alice Paul's feminist movement, encountered the Ku Klux Klan, and conferred with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Robert Oppenheimer.

Allusions/references to actual history, geography and current science[edit]

The novel made allusions to post-World War I Vienna through the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.