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

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

Translated by Thor Polson, Translated by Elana Wolff, Translated by Menachem Wolff

Essential Translations Series


150 Pages, 5.02 x 7.99

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00) (CA $20.00)

Publication Date: July 2014

ISBN 9781550718676

Rights: WOR X CA

Guernica Editions (Jul 2014)


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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 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.


Thor Polson's translation manages to recreate the atmosphere of the Kafka texts. — Babette Ptz, Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand

"The Wolffs have given us a rare gift: a view of Franz Kafka through the poetry and prose of Georg Mordechai Langer, one of Kafka's most imaginative and unconventional friends." — Kenneth Sherman