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A Hunger Artist

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Author: Franz Kafka
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,171 / 12 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57
LoC Category: PN
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 7,814
Added to site: 2005.04.06
mnybks.net#: 10156

This translation, which has been prepared by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada, is in the public domain and may be used by anyone, in whole or in part, without permission and without charge, provided the source is acknowledged, released October 2003.

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out against the experience -- that, judging by their intentions, most of these people were, again and again without exception, only visiting the menagerie. And this view from a distance still remained his most beautiful moment. For when they had come right up to him, he immediately got an earful from the shouting of the two steadily increasing groups, the ones who wanted to take their time looking at the hunger artist, not with any understanding but on a whim or from mere defiance -- for him these ones were soon the more painful -- and a second group of people whose only demand was to go straight to the animal stalls.

Once the large crowds had passed, the late comers would arrive, and although there was nothing preventing these people any more from sticking around for as long as they wanted, they rushed past with long strides, almost without a sideways glance, to get to the animals in time. And it was an all-too-rare stroke of luck when the father of a family came by with his children, pointed his fi

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Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2011.01.10
Kaliedoscopeyez
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Another great book by the literary genius!Real thought provoking and a must read for all readers who enjoy the pleasure of an intellectual journey.

2009.06.09
blueberryfriend
****.

I really enjoyed this story, and have found myself still thinking about it days after reading it.


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