A Hunger Artist and Other Stories

Paperback | March 28, 2012

byFranz Kafka, Joyce CrickIntroduction byRitchie Robertson

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"In recent decades, interest in hunger artists has greatly diminished."Kafka published two collections of short stories in his lifetime, A Country Doctor: Little Tales (1919) and A Hunger Artist: Four Stories (1924). Both collections are included in their entirety in this edition, which also contains other, uncollected stories and a selection of posthumously publishedworks that have become part of the Kafka canon.Enigmatic, satirical, often bleakly humorous, these stories approach human experience at a tangent: a singing mouse, an ape, an inquisitive dog, and a paranoid burrowing creature are among the protagonists, as well as the professional starvation artist. A patient seems to be dying from ametaphysical wound; the war-horse of Alexander the Great steps aside from history and adopts a quiet profession as a lawyer. Fictional meditations on art and artists, and a series of aphorisms that come close to expressing Kafka's philosophy of life, further explore themes that recur in his majornovels. Newly translated, and with an invaluable introduction and notes, Kafka's short stories are haunting and unforgettable.

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"In recent decades, interest in hunger artists has greatly diminished."Kafka published two collections of short stories in his lifetime, A Country Doctor: Little Tales (1919) and A Hunger Artist: Four Stories (1924). Both collections are included in their entirety in this edition, which also contains other, uncollected stories and a s...

Joyce Crick taught German at University College London until her retirement. She has written on Kafka's first English translators, Willa and Edwin Muir, and for OWC she has translated Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Grimms' Selected Tales, and Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, winner of the Shlegel-Tieck Prize in 200...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:March 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600929

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Table of Contents

The Aeroplanes at BresciaA Country Doctor: Little TalesThe New AdvocateA Country DoctorIn the GalleryAn Ancient ManuscriptBefore the LawJackals and ArabsA Visit to the MineThe Next VillageA Message from the EmperorOdradek, or Cares of a HouseholderEleven SonsA Brother's MurderA DreamA Report to an AcademyThe Rider on the Coal-ScuttleA Hunger Artist: Four StoriesFirst SorrowA Little WomanA Hunger ArtistJosefine, the Singer or the Mouse-PeopleBlumfeld, an Elderly BachelorAt the Building of the Great Wall of ChinaThe Huntsman GracchusInvestigations of a DogThe BurrowSelected Shorter PiecesThe BridgeThe Knock on the Courtyard GateTheTruth about Sancho PanzaThe Spinning-TopCat and MouseOn ParablesGive it up!Aphorisms