The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus (English and German Edition)

The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus (English and German Edition)

Karl Kraus, Jonathan Franzen

A nice American writer's war of words with a very good ecu critic--a own and highbrow awakening

A hundred years in the past, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was once one of the so much penetrating and farsighted writers in Europe. In his self-published journal, "Die""Fackel," Kraus brilliantly attacked the preferred media's manipulation of fact, the dehumanizing equipment of know-how and patron capitalism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire. yet although he had a fervent following, which incorporated Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, he remained anything of a lonely prophet, and few buyers are acquainted with his paintings. fortunately, Jonathan Franzen is one in all them.

In "The Kraus Project," Franzen, whose "calm, passionate serious authority" has been praised in "The""New York instances booklet Review," not just offers his definitive new translations of Kraus yet annotates them spectacularly, with supplementary notes from the Kraus student Paul Reitter and the Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann. Kraus used to be a notoriously cantankerous and tough author, and in Franzen he has discovered his fit: a novelist unafraid to voice unpopular critiques strongly, a critic in a position to untangling Kraus's usually dense arguments to bare their relevance to modern America.

While Kraus is lampooning the long-lasting German poet and essayist Heinrich Heine and celebrating his personal literary hero, the Austrian playwright Johann Nestroy, Franzen is annotating Kraus the way in which Kraus annotated others, surveying brand new cultural and technological panorama with fearsome readability, and giving us a deeply own recollection of his first yr out of school, whilst he fell in love with Kraus's paintings. Painstakingly wrought, strikingly unique in shape, "The Kraus undertaking "is a banquet of suggestion, ardour, and literature.

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