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A Hunger Artist and Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love
Elana Wolff (Translator), Thor Polson (Translator), Menachem Wolff (Translator), Franz Kafka and Georg Mordechai Langer
Guernica Editions, Fall 2014
150 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550718676
ISBN10: 1550718673
English
Translated from the German
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Kafka's writings are characterized by an extreme sensitivity manifested in absurdity, alienation, and gallows humor, and these two particular collections of short pieces, A Country Doctor (1919) and A Hunger Artist (1924), represent later works in the corpus. Poems and Songs of Love is a translation of the collection Piyyutim ve-Shirei Yedidot by Georg Mordechai Langer, which contains an elegy to Langer's friend and mentor Franz Kafka. Langer and Kafka hailed from the same middle-class, assimilated, Jewish Prague background and shared a mutual interest in Hasidic culture, literature, and Hebrew. This collaborative translation by Elana and Menachem Wolff from the Hebrew brings the fascinating work of Langer -- poems as well as an essay on Kafka -- to the English-reading public for the first time and sheds light on a hitherto unexplored relationship.
In the last few decades the interest in hunger artists has decreased dramatically. -- Kafka / Indeed the turn has come, the bond is at an end, / a bond made of waves of the sea of the world; -- Langer

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A Hunger Artist and Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love