The Man Who Transformed into an Animal (El hombre que se convirtió en animal)

Author:
Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely

I wrote this song shortly after reading Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, one of the books that circulated in Camp Melinka from hand to hand and cabin to cabin. I presume I don’t have to explain who is one experiencing the metamorphosis here.

Due to security considerations, these verses were only sung in a low voice and before a select audience of political prisoners.


Published on: 23 September 2015


This is the sad story
of the example of a servile being
owner of his garments but not his mind.
A despicable, obedient biped
who sickened from power,
despite his suffering
but sobbed like a madman
because he couldn’t be brave
living in a subjugated skin.

Then he grew a fierce fang,
claws grew out of each limb
and with them he dug a lair in the dirt.
Finally the beast in him was born.
His hunger became so voracious
His cruelty knew no bounds
And his brain was a stomach
a tomb for all imagination.

After three years of training
He decided to fulfill his greatest aspiration,
Attack the home of the regent
who was a sharp and eloquent man.
He made ready the battalion
Cleaned the cannon (mouth of)
and ordered the troops to fire
while he shined the boot
that he would wear as dictator.

And as of that moment
No one could save that man
from going down into the animal’s den
where he ended up
just like his ancestor.


This song forms part of Sergio Vesely's album Documento (1986), which consists of 27 songs inspired by his experience as a prisoner.