…[Gregor] has a tremendous convex belly divided into segments and a hard rounded back suggestive of wing cases. In beetles these cases conceal flimsy little wings that can be expanded and then may carry the beetle for miles and miles in a blundering flight. Curiously enough, Gregor the beetle never found out that he had wings under the hard covering of his back. (This is a very nice observation on my part to be treasured all your lives. Some Gregors, some Joes and Janes, do not know that they have wings.)
—  Nabokov on Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

Franz Kafka’ya babasından gelen bir mektupta geçen  “Sen bir böceksin, parazitsin ailenin sırtında” dizeleri, dönüşümün asıl hikayesini ve Gregor Samsa maskesi arkasına saklanmış olan Franz Kafka’nın acılarını bağırmıyor mu sizce de?