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Kafka's salesman-turned-cockroach reimagined as a cute kitten in 'The Meowmorphosis'

December 30, 2010 |  8:53 pm

I can has Kafka

It's been well established that cats own the Internet. Now, apparently, they have set their sights on classic literature, according to our colleagues at The Times' books blog, Jacket Copy.

You've heard of literary mash-ups like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Android Karenina" and "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters," perhaps? Or "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter"? Well, get ready for the next in a quickly lengthening line of silly takes on serious literature and history: "The Meowmorphosis."

A play on Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," the cat-themed mash-up book is due in May from publisher Quirk Books. In it, Kafka's famous character Gregor Samsa wakes up one day to find himself transformed not into a cockroach, as he does in "The Metamorphosis," but into an adorable, fluffy kitten instead.

"His family must admit that yes, their son is now OMG so cute -- but what good is cute when there are bills to pay?" reads a blurb about "Meowmorphosis" in the publisher's catalog. "How can Gregor be so selfish as to devote his attention to a ball of yarn? And how dare he jump out the bedroom window to wander through Kafka's literary landscape?" These are all good questions.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: ICanHasCheezburger.com

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