Hunger Artist Essay

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A Hunger Artist From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Hunger Artist (disambiguation). "A Hunger Artist" | Author | Franz Kafka | Original title | "Ein Hungerkünstler" | Translator | H. Steinhauer and Helen Jessiman (1938)Willa and Edwin Muir (1948) | Country | Germany | Language | German | Genre(s) | Short story | Published in | Die neue Rundschau | Publication type | periodical | Publication date | 1922 | Published in English | 1938 | Title page of 1924 edition of Ein Hungerkünstler "A Hunger Artist" ("Ein Hungerkünstler") is a short story by Franz Kafka first published in Die neue Rundschau in 1922. The story was also included in the collection A Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkünstler), the last book Kafka prepared for publication, printed by Verlag Die Schmiede after Kafka's death. The protagonist, a hunger artist who experiences the decline in appreciation of his craft, is an archetypical creation of Kafka: an individual marginalized and victimized by society at large. The title of the story has been translated also to "A Fasting Artist" and "A Starvation Artist". Contents [hide] * 1 Overview * 1.1 Plot * 1.2 Major themes * 1.3 Critical reception * 2 Adaptations * 3 Notes * 4 References * 5 External links | Overview "A Hunger Artist" was first published in the periodical Die neue Rundschau in 1922[1] and was subsequently included as the title piece in the short story collection. "A Hunger Artist" explores the familiar Kafka themes of death, art, isolation, asceticism, spiritual poverty, futility, personal failure, and the corruption of human relationships. Plot "A Hunger Artist" is told retrospectively through third person narration. The narrator looks back several decades from "today", to a time when the public marvelled at the professional hunger artist, a

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