DARE Festival 2017

Metamorphosis (after Kafka and Nabokov)

Simon Watt | Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 4:30pm

“Gregor Samsa awoke from unquiet dreams to find that in his sleep he had turned into a vile and verminous insect.” A new interpretation of Kafka’s work staring a live beetle.

The Metamorphosis is one of the most famous short stories in the world. In a former life novelist Vladimir Nabakov was an entomologist. He criticized many translations of Kafka’s work for inaccuracies in their details regarding the beetle that Gregor Samsa becomes.  This new interpretation incorporates Nabakov’s thoughts and puts Gregor the man and the insect side by side.

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian, performer and TV presenter. He is currently an artist in residence at the National Maritime Museum.  He runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, a comedy night with a conservation twist, and the comedy science panel show podcast, Level Up Human.


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