Harry the Steppenwolf – Hunger Artist

It was a small cage, formerly inhabited by a panther who had regrettably died before his time. The enterprising owner had done his best to furnish it for the occasion, something of a problem, for this Steppenwolf was undoubtedly a rather unusual animal. Just as our friends and lawyers and industrialists allegedly have a wolf concealed beneath their shirts and frock coats, so in his hairy breast this wolf allegedly concealed a complex human soul, Mozart arias, and so on.

Harry the Steppenwolf (short story), Hermann Hesse

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[Hunger Artist (Part IV) directed by Bernard Rudden, based on Kafka; image linked to blog source, artist unknown]

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