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A Hunger Artist (short story collection)

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Original title  Ein Hungerkünstler
Language  German
Published in English  1948
Originally published  1924
Publisher  Verlag Die Schmiede
Translator  Edwin Muir
Country  Germany
Publication date  1924
Media type  Print (Hardback)
Author  Franz Kafka
Genre  Short story
Published in english  1948
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A Hunger Artist (German: Ein Hungerkünstler) is the collection of four short stories by Franz Kafka published in Germany in 1924, the last collection that Kafka himself prepared for the publication. Kafka was able to correct the proofs during his final illness but the book was published by Verlag Die Schmiede several months after his death.

The English translation by Willa and Edwin Muir was published by Schocken Books in 1948 in the collection The Penal Colony. All individual stories in the collection have also been translated before by various translators.


  • "Erstes Leid" ("First Sorrow")
  • "Eine kleine Frau" ("A Little Woman")
  • "Ein Hungerkünstler" ("A Hunger Artist")
  • "Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse" (Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk")
  • References

    A Hunger Artist (short story collection) Wikipedia