Giulio Maria Corbelli
In a continuing alternation between reality and illusion Metamorphosis tells the tale of Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a cockroach: an event rendered even more horrific by the imobile acquiescence of the protagonist who, in an inexorable spiral from which there is no escape, and with the complicity of his family, abandons himself to the bestial world.
The author’s own view appears on occasions in the text, as when he writes in the diary: “My capacity to describe my dreamlike, interior world has pushed off all the rest into second place and hideously atrophied it.
The account is a metaphor for life and the transcription for theatre, drawing often on Kafka’s oneiric and obsessive prose, reveals the author’s subconscious, the dehumanisation of the ordinary man trapped in a sordid, moralistic family and social system, the captivity of a repetitive job, the shame of being “different” – an artist – without forgetting the pervasive horror of the first world war raging in Europe.
A nightmare journey which rather than seeking release in the catharsis of tragedy underscores with the blows of a servant’s broom the illogical and arbitrary nature of our existence.
Maria Grazia Cipriani