Been wondering about today’s Google Doodle? The image on the Google homepage honors the 130th birthday of Austrian writer Franz Kafka.
More specifically, it honors his 1915 novella “Die Verwandlung,” which translates into “The Metamorphosis.” The story follows a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa who transforms into a monstrous vermin and becomes a burden on his family. The apple in the picture is a nod to the apples that Samsa’s father threw at him in the story.
Born on July 3, 1883, Kafka published other stories including “The Castle,” “The Trial” and “The Judgment.” He died at age 40 on June 3, 1924. Since his death, Kafka has become known as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.