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.
Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and graduated from Swarthmore College. He has lived in Boston, Spain, New York, Colorado Springs and Philadelphia. His other novels are `The Twenty-Seventh City', `Strong Motion', `The Corrections' and `Freedom'. He is also the author of two collections of non-fiction, `How To Be Alone' and `Farther Away' and `The Discomfort Zone', a memoir. His fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in the `New Yorker' and `Harper's', and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by `Granta' and the `New Yorker'. He lives in New York City.