The Kraus Project, Essays by Karl Kraus

The Kraus Project, Essays by Karl Kraus

Franzen, Jonathan

Editorial Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Fecha de edición octubre 2013 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780374182212
304 páginas
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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 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. But even though his followers included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, he remained something of a lonely prophet, and few people today are familiar with his work. Thankfully, Jonathan Franzen is one of them.
In The Kraus Project, Franzen 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 writer Daniel Kehlmann. Kraus was a notoriously cantankerous and difficult author, 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.
While Kraus is lampooning the iconic German writer Heinrich Heine and celebrating his own literary heroes, Franzen's annotations are soaring over today's cultural landscape and then diving down into a deeply personal recollection of his first year out of college, when he fell in love with Kraus.
Painstakingly wrought, strikingly original in form, The Kraus Project is a feast of thought, passion, and literature.





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