Strikingly original in form, The Kraus Project is a feast of thought, passion and literature.
A hundred years ago, the writings of Viennese satirist Karl Krauswere among the most penetrating and prophetic in Europe: arelentless criticism 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 Kraus’s followers included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjamin, he remained something of alonely 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, and a critic capable of untangling Kraus’s often dense arguments to reveal their relevance to contemporary America.
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Praise for author Jonathan Franzen:
"A literary genius for our time." ―Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
"Franzen is arguably America's greatest living novelist . . . He writes continually about writing and reading, luxuriating in language and sticking up for literature for literature's sake." ―Paul Clements, The Daily Telegraph
"Never less than superbly intelligent."
―Richard Davenport-Hines, The Spectator
"Little contends with Franzen's prose. He writes behemoth sentences, graceful, technical mini-wonders that read as easily as his most colloquial quips . . . Franzen never feels more lucid than when assessing―or more often championing―texts that have taken him by the lapels." ―Sean Hoen, Paste
"Not only is Jonathan Franzen the most important novelist of our time, but . . . he is also an incredibly wise and clear-headed thinker who can humbly analyze and explain some of the most complex situations through the most poignant, insightful, and precise observations." ―Randy Rosenthal, The Coffin FactoryAbout the Author:
JONATHAN FRANZEN is the author of four novels, The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections (winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction) and the #1 international bestseller Freedom; two collections of essays, How to Be Alone and Farther Away; and a personal history, The Discomfort Zone. In 2010, TIME magazine named him the “Great American Novelist.” Franzen lives in New York City, New York, and Santa Cruz, California.
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