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Not to be Missed: Pre-Launch of Guernica’s First-Ever Flip Book

Translators Thor Polson and Elana Wolff will be joining up for a west-coast pre-launch presentation from Guernica’s first flip book —a new translation of Franz Kafka’s stories from A Hunger Artist and A Country Doctor and the first-time translation, from the Hebrew, of Poems and Songs of Love by Kafka’s friend Georg Mordechai Langer.

The pre-launch will take place on Sunday, August 31 at The River Maiden coffee house in Vancouver, Washington. The reading will start at 2:00pm and will go until 4:00pm.

A Hunger Artist

This collaborative translation by Elana and Menachem Wolff brings the fascinating work of Langer – poems as well as an essay on Kafka – to the English-reading public for the first time, and sheds light on a hitherto unexplored relationship. Kafka’s writings are characterized by an extreme sensitivity manifested in absurdity, alienation, and gallows humor, and “Poems and Songs of Love” is a translation of the collection “Piyyutim ve-Shirei Yedidot” by Georg Mordechai Langer, which contains an elegy to Langer’s friend and mentor Franz Kafka. Langer and Kafka hailed from the same middle-class, assimilated, Jewish Prague background and shared a mutual interest in Hasidic culture, literature, and Hebrew.

Already, the translation has garnered praise by Kennet Sherman of The Jewish Forward, who says that    “The Wolffs have given us a rare gift: a view of Franz Kafka through the poetry and prose of Georg Mordechai Langer, one of Kafka’s most imaginative and unconventional friends.” And Babette Puetz of Victoria University in Wellington says that “Thor Polson’s translation manages to recreate the atmosphere of the Kafka texts.”

The official book launch for A Hunger Artist and Other Stories will take place at The Supermarket in Toronto on September 14 at 4:00pm.

When: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: The River Maiden, 602 N Devine Rd, Vancouver, Washington

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