The main character is a professional, fasting artist.
Those were different times. Back then the hunger artist captured the attention of the entire city. From day to day while the fasting lasted, participation increased. Everyone wanted to see the hunger artist at least daily.
During the final days there were people with subscription tickets who sat all day in front of the small barred cage.
And there were even viewing hours at night, their impact heightened by torchlight.
On fine days the cage was dragged out into the open air, and then the hunger artist was put on display particularly for the children. It was, however, merely a formality, introduced to reassure the masses, for those who understood knew well enough that during the period of fasting the hunger artist would never, under any circumstances, have eaten the slightest thing, not even if compelled by force.
The honour of his art forbade it. Naturally, none of the watchers understood that. Sometimes there were nightly groups of watchers who carried out their vigil very laxly, deliberately sitting together in a distant corner and putting all their attention into playing cards there, clearly intending to allow the hunger artist a small refreshment, which, according to their way of thinking, he could get from some secret supplies.
Nothing was more excruciating to the hunger artist than such watchers.
They made his fasting terribly difficult. Page 1 of 8.10 / 25 / Pass Laboratories HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier Hear what the musical artist intended in all its glory!
Review By Tom Lyle. 10 / 24 / "A Hunger Artist" is a short story by Franz Kafka that was first published in In the last decades interest in hunger artists has declined considerably. Whereas in earlier days there was good money to be earned putting on major productions of this sort under one’s own management, nowadays that is totally impossible.
Those were different times. Back then the hunger artist captured the attention of the entire city. "A Hunger Artist" is a short story by Franz Kafka that was first published in A story of a professional faster, his techniques, his great feats, the widespread popularity of his glory days and the increasing alienation of his waning career.
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