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Anti-modernism

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Diana Mishkova
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Marius Turda
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Balazs Trencsenyi

Chapter II. The Crisis of the European Conscience

Karl Kraus: The last days of mankind

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Title: Die Letzten Tage der Menschheit (The last days of mankind)

Originally published: excerpts and in serial form in Die Fackel from 1919; epilogue published in December 1918 as a special issue

Language: German

The excerpts used are from Karl Kraus, The Last Days of Mankind, edited by Frederick Ungar (New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1974), pp. 60–67, 153–155, 160.

About the author

Karl Kraus [1874, Jičín (Ger. Jitschin), Bohemia–1936, Vienna]: writer and journalist, playwright, poet, essayist, aphorist and noted satirist. Born into a wealthy Jewish family in Bohemia that moved to Vienna in 1877, he began law studies there in 1892, later switching to (and not completing) German literature and philosophy. Throughout his career, Kraus was an outspoken individualist, mainly preoccupied with fighting what he perceived to be the degraded relationship between language and morality. Having joined Leopold Andrian, Peter Altenberg (1859–1919), Hermann Bahr (1863–1934) and others of the...

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