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  • "A Country Doctor" (1918) by Franz Kafka

    by Franz Kafka

    An elderly country doctor is called at night to come to the bedside of a suffering young man ten miles away, but the mission is surrounded by difficulties from the start: there’s a snowstorm raging outside and his only horse has just died from over-exertion in the freezing winter. But although (...)

  • "A Hunger Artist" (1922) by Franz Kafka

    by Franz Kafka

    Written in 1922 and published as the title story in the first collection of his stories to be published after his death two years later at the age of forty, this account of a man’s determined and obsessive drive to surpass himself in the art of fasting explores the theme of eating in a calmly (...)

  • "Don Juan" (1813), by E. T. A. Hoffmann

    by E. T. A. Hoffmann

    A traveling salesman discovers that his hotel room leads directly to a private lodge in the neighbouring theatre, where a performance of Mozart’s opera “Don Juan” is about to be given. Delighted, the music lover rushes over to the lodge, where not only is the performance exceptional, but where he (...)

  • "The Golden Pot" (1819) by E. T. A. Hoffmann

    by E. T. A. Hoffmann

    An extravagant fairy-tale for grown-ups, the story of how the student Anselmus blundered his way to eternal happiness through a maze of mysterious not to say magical water-snakes, elder-trees, a golden pot and fantastic events of all sorts — one of the most brilliant and successful stories of (...)