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Ein Hungerkünstler. Vier Geschichten.
Berlin, Die Schmiede, 1924. Uncut in the original publisher's full green cloth, with the printed paper-title-label to spine and front board. Spine faded, and inner front hinge a little bitweak, otherwise a very fine and clean copy. First edition of the last of Kafka's publications to be prepared by himself; published posthumously, however. It is a collection of four short stories including the title-story "Ein Hungerkünstler" (i.e. "A Fasting Artist" or "A Starvation Artist). The three other stories being "Erstes Leid", "Eine kleine Frau" and "Josefine, die Sängerin, oder das Volk der Mäuse", all four exhibiting the concision and lucidity characteristic of Kafka's later period. Among his papers, a document was found, which was written in October 1922 and called "my last will concerning all I have written", in which he states: "Of all my writings the only books that count are these: "The Judgement", "The Stoker", "Metamorphosis", "In the Penal Colony", "A Country Doctor" and the short story "A Fasting Artist". ( Murray, "Kafka", p. 348).The title story "Ein Hungerkünstler" originally appeared in 1922, in "Die Neue Rundschau". It is the tale of a trapeze artist who, as the only way of keeping his art at the pitch of perfection, remains up on the trapeze permanently day and night. Even when the circus is travelling from one location to another, the trapeze hangs upside down from the luggage rack. "Ein Hungerkünstler" if often interpreted as a dramatized expression of Kafka's ill health and his fear of physical and mental collapse."This is a typical Kafka short story: beautiful … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Lynge & Søn ILAB-ABF [Copenhagen, Denmark]

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