'Pascal Béné's originality lays in taking the Metamorphosis' hero right where Kafka had left him and in having written a thoroughly different story.'Lionel Richard in Le Magazine Littéraire.
'Crystal-clear and masterful, Pascal Béné's style allows the reader to catch the subtlest shades of reality.' Gerald Messadié in a TV review.
'Undoubtedly one of the most astonishing and intriguing novels of the season… Pascal Béné pursues his Kafkaian quest with an impressive virtuosity.' J.-PH. M. in Le Progrès.
'[…] I reappear. Memories surge, too. Sometimes, under thick stones, I would find sleep. My spasms would cease. I would forget the dangers crawling outside. The patter of raindrops soothed my life. They spread an unctuous balm over my wounds. Then I would forget how soft my belly was and how frail my legs. I would rub my skeleton against limestone; I would simply be what I was. That crawling thing. That thing […]"
Would the author have rewritten Kafka's Metamorphosis in the reverse? Or would he in fact have interpreted it right in describing the daily bores of human condition? It still remains that his unforgiving eye and ice-cold humour have turned the masterpiece into quite another one.