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Using an Elias Canetti quote ("The author is the guardian of the metamorphoses") as starting point, this essay wishes to focus the link between writing, sublimation and metamorphosis, leaving the classic Freudian concept of 'sublimation' in background (that concept regards instincts and their creative transformation, something that is not within reach for everybody). Through suggestions borrowed from Kafka and Canetti's anthropology, the essay tries to sketch a not-psychoanalytical inquirydoaj:20f6fe941c9c4f6b9ac205228fceebd1 fatcat:x6miqjsg2faubgzlowap3xfggm