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The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus (English/German Languages)

 
 
Author
Karl Kraus. Jonathan Franzen, ed. Paul Reitter & Daniel Kehlmann, notes.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.9 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780374182212
Pages/Publication Date 318/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54522
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A hundred years ago, Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and prophetic writers in Europe—a relentless critic of the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumerism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire. His followers included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, yet he remained something of a lonely prophet, and few people today are familiar with his work. Fortunately, Jonathan Franzen is one of them, and here he presents and annotates his new translations of Kraus, with supplementary notes from Kraus scholar Paul Reitter and Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann.

"Franzen approaches his latest project with characteristic ambition: to provide an accessible translation of key essays by the early 19th-century Austrian critic Karl Kraus (1874–1936), explain and contextualize Kraus's biting satire, come to terms with the young man he was when he first encountered the self-styled wrathful prophet, and draw contemporary relevance from Kraus's work. The result is clear, polished, and often funny—no small accomplishment, given Kraus's notoriously difficult-to-translate prose. Franzen ... uses the copious footnotes to provide current analogies for Kraus's targets and reflect on his own studies in Germany, which lead to meditations on his upbringing, relationships, literary aspirations, and search for a literary father. Several footnotes extend for pages, turning Kraus into background music for scholarly speculation and ruminations. When the narratives coalesce, the spasm of pleasure amply repays the reader's dogged attention, revealing two literary minds operating at the peak of their maturity and strength."—Publishers Weekly

 
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