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En Attendant Demain reviews A Hunger Artist & Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love

A Hunger Artist and Other StoriesEn Attendant Demain’s Marie Côté recently reviewed A Hunger Artist & Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love by Franz Kafka & Georg Mordechai Langer, translated by Thor Polson and Elana & Menachem Wolff.

The flip book was published by Guernica Editions in Fall 2014.

Côté describes the impression the book made on her as she read, and makes note of the baffling and surreal nature of the short stories.

“There’re pretty strange short stories in this book. Surreal, disturbing, sad… You never really know what’s coming. You don’t really know if things make sense, but it doesn’t matter. You enter in a kind of alternate universe where the writer wants you to think differently, to think his way. At first, it’s baffling… but soon enough you get used to it and you’re really looking forward to the next story.”

Though she can’t read Hebrew, Marie Côté is confident in the quality of the translation of Poems and Songs of Love.

“The English version by itself is definitely a success. I don’t consider being qualified enough to analyse their meaning, but I think the words are perfectly chosen and the images powerful.”

The only problem she mentions she encountered concerns the digital format in which she read the work, and explains that it made her “regret the good old paper books.”

To read the full review of A Hunger Artist and Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love, visit En Attendant Demain’s website: https://enattendantdemain.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/164/

A Hunger Artist and Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love is available for purchase on the Guernica Editions website: http://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781550718676

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