A Hunger Artist and Other Stories

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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 published works 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 ...
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Overview


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 published works 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 hunger artist. The tales are among Kafka's best-known, haunting and compelling satires on the human condition, on art and artists, and on life itself, which complement his major fictions. Translated by the award-winning Joyce Crick, the book includes an invaluable introduction, notes, and other editorial material by renowned Kafka scholar Ritchie Robertson. There is also a Biographical Preface, an up-to-date bibliography, and a chronology of Kafka's life. This volume completes an Oxford World's Classics set of five Kafka works, in distinctive complementary cover designs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199600922
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 726,875
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka

Joyce Crick taught German at University College London until her retirement. Her translation of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams won the Shlegel-Tieck Prize in 2000. Ritchie Robertson is Taylor Professor of German at Oxford University and co-director of the Oxford Kafka Research Center.

Biography

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka's feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent.

Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919).

Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1883
    2. Place of Birth:
      Prague, Austria-Hungary
    1. Date of Death:
      June 3, 1924
    2. Place of Death:
      Vienna, Austria
    1. Education:
      German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

Table of Contents

THE AEROPLANES AT BRESCIA
A COUNTRY DOCTOR: LITTLE TALES
The New Advocate A Country Doctor In the Gallery An Ancient Manuscript Before the Law Jackals and Arabs A Visit to the Mine The Next Village A Message from the Emperor Odradek, or Cares of a Householder Eleven Sons A Brother's Murder A Dream A Report to an Academy
THE RIDER ON THE COAL-SCUTTLE
A HUNGER ARTIST: FOUR STORIES
First Sorrow A Little Woman A Hunger Artist Josefine, the Singer or the Mouse-People
BLUMFELD, AN ELDERLY BACHELOR
AT THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
THE HUNTSMAN GRACCHUS
INVESTIGATIONS OF A DOG
THE BURROW
SELECTED SHORTER PIECES
The Bridge The Knock on the Courtyard Gate TheTruth about Sancho Panza The Spinning-Top Cat and Mouse On Parables Give it up!
APHORISMS

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