Abaddon Books is thrilled to reveal the cover for The Hanging Artist, one of the most brilliant novels we’ll be publishing this year! Jon Steinhagen’s The Hanging Artist is a groundbreaking surrealist modern fantasy, perfect for detective nuts, Franz Kafka enthusiasts and lovers of quirky, irreverent comedy.
Coming from a fresh new voice, The Hanging Artist asks: What if Kafka did not succumb to tuberculosis at the age of forty? What if he found himself attended by the giant insect he once imagined in his own story The Metamorphosis? And what if he was the only one that could solve the strange, inexplicable murders taking place in Vienna?
With the kind of flair that only a playwright could wield, Steinhagen’s absurdist take on Kafka’s new lease of life is funny, masterful, utterly engrossing and not to be missed!
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THE HANGING ARTIST
“Trust me,” the insect repeated. Franz did not.
What if Franz Kafka did not succumb to tuberculosis at the age of forty? 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 to investigate the bizarre circumstances surrounding a rash of mysterious hangings plaguing 1924 Vienna? Hangings 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.