A new selection from the writings of Karl Kraus, the great Viennese satirist
Karl Kraus was a passionate and witty essayist and a sharp-eyed observer of the elegant fin-de-siecle Vienna in which he lived. He published almost all his satirical writings in his own journal, The Torch, and was also the author of The Last Days of Mankind, an apocalyptic theatrical masterpiece with a cast of almost five hundred. This collection of selected writings includes "Salome," a defence of Oscar Wilde’s play; "Self-Admiration," an essay on publishing one’s diaries; and "The World of Posters," a wonderful description of the power of advertising, among others.
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KARL KRAUS (April 28, 1874-June 12, 1936) was an eminent Austrian essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He is generally considered one of the foremost German-language satirists of the twentieth century, especially known for his witty criticism of the press, politics and Austrian culture.
PATRICK HEALY is a professor of interdisciplinary research at the Free International University, Amsterdam, and also lectures in aesthetics and the philosophy of science at the Delft School of Design.
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