Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite contemporary novelists. I have read and posted on most of his translated novels and some of his short stories. My main purpose in this post is to let my readers know there is a new story, "Samsa in Love" in the public online area of The New Yorker.
"Samsa in Love" is a very strange and intriguing story in the tradition of magic realism. As this told in the first person story opens something wakens in a bed to find he had been transformed into George Sasma, the name of the central character in Kafka's "The Metamorphosis". He does not really recognize or understand his new human body. The opening of the story, we find about four pages into the six page story, that it is set in Prague, at a time the city is being invaded. The greatest mystery in this marvelous work concerns what was Sasma before his transformation or is it all a delusion. Things get really strange when a woman locksmith shows up to fix a broken lock on one of the bedrooms. To make it all the odder, she is a hunchback. There is a hint that the narrator might have been kept locked in that room, his parents are out, it seems anyway.
What does this story mean? Haven't much of a clue I care to advance. It is very much a fun story to read.
Have you read "Samsa in Love"? What is your take on it.