The Kraus Project, Paperback Book


A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening.Karl Kraus: satirist.

Controversialist. Forgotten voice of the early twentieth century.Jonathan Franzen: bestseller.

Contrarian. One of the greatest novelists working today.Recalling his student days, the celebrated author of `The Corrections' and `Freedom' recounts his discovery of Kraus and presents his own translations and annotations of the philosopher's most famous essays.A pioneer of self-publishing, Kraus brilliantly attacked the mass media and the dehumanizing machinery of technology and capitalism.

A notoriously difficult writer, Kraus has met his match in Franzen: a popular novelist unafraid to voice unpopular opinions.

In the extensive footnotes Franzen explains why Kraus is relevant today - while also revealing his own intellectual and personal preoccupations.Painstakingly wrought, strikingly original, `The Kraus Project' is a feast of thought and literature.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780007517442

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