A Hunger Artist Study Guide

A Hunger Artist

A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

A Hunger Artist is a retrospective narrative concerned with ascetics who fast as a form of gathering acclaim. These hunger artists are widely renowned in the narrative's past, but have fallen out of favor in its present. The protagonist, a melancholic artist, bemoans the decline of his field as he is shunted steadily lower and lower in society before dying alone and unhappy. The story has been variously interpreted as an indictment of capitalism and as a rebuke of ascetic religion.

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