Dichos y contradichos
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«El aforismo nunca coincide con la verdad: o es media verdad o verdad y media.» Nadie mejor que Karl Kraus para definir esta peculiar forma literaria. Sus aforismos, de los que aquí se presenta la primera recopilación, publicada en 1909 y revisada en 1923, son la quintaesencia de su pensamiento y el laboratorio en el que afina su inigualable estilo, basado en alusiones, pa...more
Published 2003 by Minúscula (first published 1909)
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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 sorprenden...more
Stuart Ross
Jun 25, 2007 Stuart Ross rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like smart sayings
some brilliant shit up in here.
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...more
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.
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!

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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Karl Kraus was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He is considered the first major European satirist since Jonathan Swift. He directed his satire to the press, German culture, and German and Austrian politics.
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