Hyung-Min Yoon: Backwards Metamorphosis Library

Hyung-Min Yoon’s Backwards Metamorphosis Library subverts the quintessential linear narrative to indicate a labyrinth of language. Taking Franz Kafka’s novella Metamorphosis as a starting point, each text in this collection reverses the sentences of the original so that the story begins after the protagonist’s death and ends with the famous opening sentence, matter-of-factly declaring that Gregor Samsa has changed into a giant bug. Backwards Metamorphosis Library includes 17 translations, in reverse sentence order, plus the original German, individually bound in black covers and packaged in a functional and handsome slipcover suitable for shelving.

Originally from Seoul, Hyung-Min Yoon is now based in Vancouver.


Boxed set of 18 softcover volumes
1050 pp.
4.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 inches
ISBN: 9781927385067