Facts in The Metamorphosis

Chapter I 1
"flickered helplessly before his eyes..."   (Chapter I)

Kafka's writing often reads like a surreal, unsettling nightmare, featuring strange situations (like Gregor Samsa's transformation) that highlight the absurdity and the horror of everyday life, particularly as it pertains to work, politics, justice, and freedom. His writing style has inspired many authors, whose work can be described as Kafkaesque when it approaches situations with a similarly macabre slant.