Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Kafka's Laughter (Still)
“I always wanted you to admire my fasting,” said the hunger artist.
“But we do admire it,” said the supervisor obligingly.
“But you shouldn’t admire it,” said the hunger artist.
“Well then, we don’t admire it,” said the supervisor, “but why shouldn’t we admire it?”
“Because I had to fast. I can’t do anything else,” said the hunger artist.
“Just look at you,” said the supervisor, “why can’t you do anything else?”
“Because,” said the hunger artist, lifting his head a little and, with his lips pursed as if for a kiss, speaking right into the supervisor’s ear so that he wouldn’t miss anything, “because I couldn’t find a food which I enjoyed...."
[Franz Kafka tr. Ian Johnston]
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