By Karl Kraus
100 years after Austrian satirist Karl Kraus all started writing his dramatic masterpiece, The final Days of Mankind remains as powerfully suitable because the day it was once first released. Kraus’s play enacts the tragic trajectory of the 1st global battle, whilst mankind raced towards self-destruction via tools of recent struggle whereas extolling the consideration and ignoring the horror of an allegedly “defensive” conflict. This quantity is the 1st to give an entire English translation of Kraus’s towering paintings, filling an incredible hole within the availability of Viennese literature from the period of the battle to finish All Wars.
Bertolt Brecht hailed The final Days because the masterpiece of Viennese modernism. within the apocalyptic drama Kraus constructs a textual university, mixing real quotations from the Austrian army’s name to palms, people’s responses, political speeches, newspaper editorials, and more than a few different assets. Seasoning the drama with comedian invention and satirical verse, Kraus unearths how bungled international relations, grasping profiteers, giant enterprise complicity, gullible newsreaders, and, notably, the sloganizing of the click introduced down the Austro-Hungarian Empire. within the dramatization of sensationalized information experiences, inurement to atrocities, and openness to battle as therapy, today’s readers will pay attention the echo of the fateful voices Kraus recorded as his place of origin descended into self-destruction.