A Hunger Artist: Franz Kafka

More and more today’s world is looking Kafkaesque, so I thought this week we’d go back to the original. The Franz Kafka’s short story, “A Hunger Artist,” was published in final form in 1924. In it, Kafka tells a tale that almost any artist today can identify with. Kafka edited the story on his death bed as he lay dying from tuberculosis at the age of 40.

Click on the grey triangle or mp3 link above to hear the story, which I adapted and performed, broadcast today on Arts Express on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the country.





Artist Peter Kuper is about to release a new version of his book Kafkaesque, a graphic rendering of several of Franz Kafka’s stories. Yesterday,  the radio arts magazine Arts Express on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC broadcast an interview with Kuper conducted by correspondent and actor Mary Murphy. Following the interview, Mary and I perform two short Kafka stories, “Up in the Gallery,” and “An Imperial Message.” Click on the grey triangle above to listen.

More of Peter’s work can be seen at peterkuper.com