The Hanging Artist

Rebellion Publishing Ltd
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"Trust me," the insect repeated. Franz did not.

What if Franz Kafka did not succumb to tuberculosis at the age of 40? What if he awoke the day after his supposed death to find himself attended by the giant insect he once imagined in his own story The Metamorphosis?

And what if he were recruited by a mysterious agency to investigate a rash of bizarre, mysterious murders plaguing 1924 Vienna? Murders that are possibly connected to an equally mysterious performer who commits suicide every night at the music hall (but cannot be connected to any crimes)?

The Hanging Artist leads the newly rehabilitated Franz Kafka on an absurdist round of discoveries, the solution of which is more fantastical than anything he imagined.
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About the author

Jon Steinhagen lives in what is known (somewhat affectionately) as The Chicagoland Area, near the historic Brookfield Zoo. His writing career began in theatre, first as a composer and lyricist for several musicals (particularly Inferno Beach, The Teapot Scandals, The Next Thing, and The Arresting Dilemma of Mr. K, a musical adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial), then as resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists (his notable plays include The Analytical Engine, ACES, Successors, Devil’s Day Off, and Blizzard ’67). As a screenwriter, he has written Party Favors, and is developing two television series, Willing Spirit and New Kid. Somewhere along the way he began writing stories, too, and many are collected in The Big Book of Sounds (Black Lawrence Press). He has received numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work in Chicago theatre as either author, actor, or musical director, and can be found on twitter as @JonSteinhagen (inventive fellow, this Jon Steinhagen), where he can be found blathering on about his ridiculous ideas for movies, his collection of vinyl records, and his desire for cookies to be delivered every time he does something he should have done weeks ago.
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Publisher
Rebellion Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Jun 4, 2019
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781786181596
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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