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Author Jonathan Franzen: 'Kraus was good at being mean'

Jonathan Franzen, one of America's most celebrated contemporary novelists, has written a non-fiction work called The Kraus Project.

The book is a translation of some of the writing of early 20th century Viennese philosopher and satirist Karl Kraus, whose work dazzled Franzen when he was a student.

Franzen told the Today programme's James Naughtie that Karl Kraus' philosophy was, at times, hilarious.

"He was really, really, good at being mean", he said.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 3rd October 2013.

  • 03 Oct 2013
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