A Hunger Artist Criticism

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Kafka's Lifetime

Though not widely recognized during his lifetime, Kafka was well-respected within his small literary, intellectual circle in Prague, the members of whom were aware of his considerable talents. Kafka published his first prose pieces at the age of 25 in Hyperion, a journal edited by his close friend Max Brod. Throughout his brief life, he continued to publish in journals, as well as several small volumes of his stories.

The Nazi Regime

During the Reign of Adolph Hitler, Kafka's writing was both reviled and celebrated, depending on which part of the world one is referring to. In Nazi Germany, where Kafka's three sisters and two of his lovers perished in concentration camps, Kafka's surviving work was unavailable; anything which didn't escape the Holocaust with Max Brod was destroyed or banned. Max Brod escaped the Holocaust in 1939, with Kafka's work in tow, and eventually settled in Palestine. Many...

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