Franz Kafka

Der Jäger Gracchus


Main Details
Franz Kafka
1917 Written
1931 First published
Publication Location Germany
Language German
Notes "Der Jäger Gracchus" (English: "The Hunter Gracchus") is a short story by Franz Kafka. Written in the first half of 1917, the story was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). The story presents a boat carrying the long-dead Hunter Gracchus as it arrives at a port. The mayor of Riva enters the boat and inside he meets Gracchus, who gives him an account of his death while hunting, and explains that he is destined to wander aimlessly and eternally over the seas. An additional fragment presents an extended dialogue between Gracchus and an unnamed interviewer, presumably the same mayor.


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