The Kraus Project: Essays By Karl Kraus
  • The Kraus Project: Essays By Karl Kraus
  • The Kraus Project: Essays By Karl Kraus
  • The Kraus Project: Essays By Karl Kraus
ISBN: 0374182213
EAN13: 9780374182212
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Pages: 318
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic-a personal and intellectual awakening

A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and farsighted writers in Europe. In his self-published magazine, Die Fackel, Kraus brilliantly attacked the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumer capitalism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire. But even though he had a fervent following, which included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, he remained something of a lonely prophet, and few people today are familiar with his work. Luckily, Jonathan Franzen is one of them.

In The Kraus Project, Franzen, whose calm, passionate critical authority has been praised in The New York Times Book Review, not only presents his definitive new translations of Kraus but annotates them spectacularly, with supplementary notes from the Kraus scholar Paul Reitter and the Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann. Kraus was a notoriously cantankerous and difficult writer, and in Franzen he has found his match: a novelist unafraid to voice unpopular opinions strongly, a critic capable of untangling Kraus's often dense arguments to reveal their relevance to contemporary America.

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