Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa

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Penguin, Feb 4, 2003 - Fiction - 480 pages
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The metamorphosis of Kafka’s Gregor Samsa from fabric salesman to cockroach was surely one of the momentous transformations of the modern world. Now, in Marc Estrin’s astounding debut, Gregor undergoes yet another metamorphosis—one that propels him across the rocky and often ridiculous landscape of the early twentieth century.

 

In these continuously surprising pages, Estrin’s Gregor—secretly sold to a Viennese sideshow by the Samsas’ chambermaid—comes to sharpen his mind against those of Wittgenstein, Spengler and Einstein; dance to the crazy rhythm of American Prohibition; appear as a surprise witness at the Scopes trial; become intimately involved in Alice Paul’s feminist movement (and with Alice Paul); encounter the KKK; and confer with FDR, and Robert Oppenheimer—and emerge from it all as the very essence of modern conscience.

 

 

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This tome took me several weeks to read, particularly once I hit the segment in which Samsa was working on the Manhattan project. Some of the information in the text was very science-y at points ... Read full review

Insect dreams: the half life of Gregor Samsa

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Get ready for a highly imaginative ride through the cultural frontier of the early 20th century from the perspective of a character-turned-cockroach named Gregor Samsa from Kafka's The Metamorphosis ... Read full review

Contents

TAILS OF HOFFNUNG
BLATTIDAE
AN INSECT WITH QUALITIES
THE FAUSTIAN ROACHIS NOT A HOLLOW MAN 6 MEANWHILEINAMERICA PRAISE HIM WITH DANCE AND DRUM
PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS
WESTWARD IN MINKOWSKI SPACE
NEW YORK 9
THE ROACHAMERICAN 10 LOVE O LOVE O CAREFUL LOVE 11 INTERLUDE FOR SCALPEL AND PIANO
LIKE ASICKEAGLE 15 SOMETIMES THE UNEXPECTED SOMETIMES NOT 16 THE INSECT SONATA
RISQ
C
DREAMING OF IMMORTALITY IN A KITCHEN CABINET
MEIN KAMPFDEIN KAMPF
DISORDER AND EARLY SORROW
THE WOUND AND THE
DAYS OF THE LOCUST

OF DEATH AND DEATHS AND LIFE ON EARTH
ALIENS AND SEDITION

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About the author (2003)

Marc Estrin is a cellist with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He also performs regularly with a string quartet. In addition, Mr. Estrin is an activist and novelist. Insect Dreams is his first novel. He and his wife live in Burlington, Vermont.

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