The Cockroach

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That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.

Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain – and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.

With trademark intelligence, insight and scabrous humour, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka’s most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head.

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  • Marchpane

    Supposedly a Brexit satire, The Cockroach is well-written, but ultimately thin stuff. The PM and his cabinet ministers have been bodyswapped with cockroaches. The roaches take the opportunity to imple...

  • Ron Charles

    Ian McEwan’s little “Cockroach” scurried into the light this week. With a nod to Kafka, it’s a satirical novella about Brexit and Boris Johnson, the UK’s literate version of Donald Trump. As...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Because I read everything McEwan puts out, I was interested in his take on Brexit, but wish he'd gone further. Or in another direction. Or Something....

  • Will Ansbacher

    A satire on the continuing Brexit omnishambles through something McEwan calls “Reversalism” or reverse monetarism, where people would pay to work and businesses would pay people to take consumer g...

  • Lee

    2.5'Here were the rest, and he recognized them instantly through their transparent, superficial human form. A band of brothers and sisters. The metamorphosed radical Cabinet. As they sat round the tab...

  • Karina

    Humans-- "Their desires are so often in contention with their intelligence." (Page 99) --So true you can't even dispute it.I didn't read the blurb when I found this at the library. I should've. I assu...

  • Meike

    Ian McEwan does a Brexit-spin on The Metamorphosis? I'm here for it!“As the nation tears itself apart, constitutional norms are set aside, parliament is closed down so that the Government cannot be ...

  • Rebecca

    A novella that turns Kafka’s The Metamorphosis on its head and gives it a predictable Brexit-era political bent. Jim Sams, once a cockroach, wakes up one morning as the UK’s prime minister. The co...

  • Claire

    A (sort of) fun Brexit satire/homage to Kafka from Ian McEwan. Is it well-written? Yes of course. Is it entertaining? At times, yes. Is the characterisation of the politicians of our lives accurate? U...

  • Monika

    There is a simple fact that all of us know. We are human beings and in my opinion, nothing can connect us more than this simple fact. But it is often the simplest of things that delude us in a way com...