Hunger Artists

If the Hunger Artist is remembered at all in the United States it is perhaps only because of that great Czech writer, Franz Kafka.

In his short story, A Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkünstler), published in 1924, Kafka's performer finds himself performing at the circus in the twilight of his career. He discovers that the public is no longer interested in the art of starving oneself for the entertainment of the masses.