A Hunger Artist and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Joyce Crick taught German at University College London until her retirement. She has written on Kafka's first English translators, Willa and Edwin Muir, and for OWC she has translated Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Grimms' Selected Tales, and Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams, winner of the Shlegel-Tieck Prize in 2000. Ritchie Robertson is the author of the Very Short Introduction to Kafka. For OWC he has translated Hofmann's The Golden Pot and Other Stories and introduced and annotated editions of Kafka, Freud, and Schnitzler. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann.
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"Interpretations are always a touchy matter and, in Kafka's case, perhaps more so than in others. The reason for this is that his works are 1) essentially outcries against the inexplicable laws that govern our lives; 2) portrayals of the human drama running its course on several loosely interwoven levels, thus imparting a universal quality to his work; and 3) very much imbued with his high degree of sensitivity, which responded differently to similar situations at different times. Particularly this last aspect suggests incohesion and paradox to the mind which insists on prodding Kafka's stories to their oftentimes irrational core. Kafka's pictures stand, as Max Brod never tired of pointing out, not merely for themselves but also for something beyond themselves." Cliffs Notes Article.
So, in inventing a taxonomy, into which we might fit some of Kafka's work, Brod and other commentators gives us a way of interpreting some, at least, of Kafka's work. But can we be satisfied with this? How to interpret, for example, Josefine The Singer or The Mouse People. A human drama transferred to mice? One is tempted to inject a little feminism here, simply because Kafka rarely addressed the feminine hero - an example of which, Josefine must certainly be. Does Kafka produce enough artistic licence in this story to invent a rationale to explain or allude to the female as such? That Josefine is an artist may provide a clue.Read more ›