Dicta and Contradicta

A woman is than just her exterior The lingerie is also important The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span Art serves to rinse out our eyes Uniquely combining humor with profundity and venom with compassion, Dicta and Contradicta is a bonanza of scandalous wit from Vienna s answer to Oscar Wilde From the decadent turn of thA woman is than just her exterior The lingerie is also important The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span Art serves to rinse out our eyes Uniquely combining humor with profundity and venom with compassion, Dicta and Contradicta is a bonanza of scandalous wit from Vienna s answer to Oscar Wilde From the decadent turn of the century to the Third Reich, the acerbic satirist Karl Kraus was one of the most famous and feared intellectuals in Europe Through the polemical and satirical magazine Die Fackel The torch , which he founded in 1899, Kraus launched wicked but unrelentingly witty attacks on literary and media corruption, sexual repression and militarism, and the social hypocrisy of fin de sicle Vienna Kraus s barbed aphorisms were an essential part of his running commentary on Viennese culture These miniature gems, as sharp as diamonds, demonstrate Kraus s highly cultivated wit and his unerring eye for human weakness, flaccidity, and hypocrisy side by side, as before a firing squad, with such perennial concerns as sexuality, religion, politics, art, war, and literature By turns antagonistic, pacifistic, realistic, and maddeningly misogynistic, Kraus s aphorisms provide the sting that precedes healing For Dicta and Contradicta, originally published in 1909 with the title Spruche und Widerspruche and revised in 1923, Kraus selected nearly 1,000 of the scathing aphorisms that had appeared in Die Fackel In this new translation, Jonathan McVity masterfully renders Kraus s multi layered meanings, preserving the clever wordplay of the German in readable colloquial English He also provides an introductory essay on Kraus s life and milieu and annotations that clarify many of Kraus s literary and socio historical allusions.
Dicta and Contradicta A woman is than just her exterior The lingerie is also important The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span Art serves to rinse out our eyes Uniquely combining h

  • Title: Dicta and Contradicta
  • Author: Karl Kraus Jonathan McVity
  • ISBN: 9780252026485
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Dicta and Contradicta”

    1. Si perde un po' per strada, questo volume. Ma vale. Il prorompere della I GM, fatalmente, condiziona le riflessioni, verso la fine. I pensieri diventano più estesi, sofferti, necessariamente circostanziati alla realtà sociopolitica austriaca e tedesca. I riferimenti ai personaggi dell'epoca (spesso a noi sconosciuti) allontanano il lettore odierno dall'immediata condivisione. E la scoppiettante dinamica iniziale della raccolta viene un po' meno. Ma i primi due terzi della lettura sono sorprend [...]

    2. Quando l'epoca levò la mano contro di sé, quella mano era la suaIl titolo di questa recensione non è mio, ma di Bertolt Brecht, e secondo me riassume magnificamente (e come poteva essere altrimenti, vista la fonte?) il ruolo e la funzione intellettuale che Karl Kraus ha esercitato a Vienna negli anni che vanno dalla fine dell'800 alla prima guerra mondiale e sino al 1936, anno della morte.E' questo il periodo in cui Kraus pubblica i 922 numeri (20.000 pagine, traggo da ) di Die Fackel, la riv [...]

    3. I read "Dicta and Contradicta" right after reading Wittgenstein's aphorisms and comparing the two, I find Wittgenstein more biting and also beautifully written. Reading the essay by Johnathan McVity that is in the back of the book, makes me want to read more of Karl Krauss. But still, I find these collection of aphorisms by Krauss vulgar. But that I believe is due to the age and times of Vienna cultural and political life. He lived in dangerous times, and one can feel that he was spitting at tho [...]

    4. If you want to give a high school/college graduate a useful graduation gift this spring… this book is it. Nothing about this book is false. Some of it is wrong and untrue, but not false; thus the contradiction(s): it’s all in the application. He even implicates himself with his words.As such, I say: Such is the fate of honesty, it’s always moving, hence the harsh rub from a distance.

    5. Too many good quotes to write. I'll pass this time.Just this one:-If, after lots of years, one knows from which particular classic drama and from which act a certain quote was taken, school failed. But if someone knows where that quote could fit, then the person is very educated and school didn't failed.

    6. Not having any German, I'm forced to rely on reviews by scholars and friends whose work I respect --and they are unanimous in judging this translation so bad as to be worthless. A comparison between the text here and that of earlier translations reveals problems of diction and style as well as serial betrayal by "false friends". Too bad. We need more Karl Kraus!

    7. Vienna reading. Kraus appeals to me strongly as described by others - pugnacious, arrogant, disagreeable, independent, brilliant - but I didn't enjoy these effortful aphorisms at all. They seem either obscure, obvious or silly mostly. Maybe Franzen or Szasz will change my mind. I hope so.

    8. guai a quei tempi in cui l'arte non rende malsicura la terra e davanti all'abisso che separa l'artista dall'uomo vengono le vertigini all'artista e non all'uomo!

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