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No one hates him more

Joshua Cohen: Franzen on Kraus

7 November 2013
The Kraus Project 
by Jonathan Franzen.
Fourth Estate, 318 pp., £18.99, October 2013, 978 0 00 751743 5
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... to Franzen’s angst. Interspersed are glosses by the American scholar Paul Reitter, who has the thankless job of historically contextualising Kraus’s grievances, and the German-Austrian writer DanielKehlmann, whose interpretations can be divided into the four categories that Freud apportioned for jokes: the obscene, the aggressive, the cynical and the absurd. Franzen insists on a connection ...

Ghosts in the Picture

Adam Mars-Jones: Daniel Kehlmann

22 January 2015

by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway.
Quercus, 258 pp., £16.99, October 2014, 978 1 84866 734 1
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... DanielKehlmann​ ’s new novel, F, takes the risk of starting with a set piece. The first sentence runs: ‘Years later, long since fully grown and each of them enmeshed in his own particular form of unhappiness ...

I and I

Philip Oltermann: Thomas Glavinic

14 August 2008
Night Work 
by Thomas Glavinic, translated by John Brownjohn.
Canongate, 384 pp., £8.99, July 2008, 978 1 84767 051 9
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... wine and playing computer games while fretting whether his agent will find a publisher for his recently finished novel, Night Work. Throughout the novel, he exchanges text messages with his friend ‘Daniel’ (read: DanielKehlmann), whose novel Die Vermessung der Welt (published here last year as Measuring the World) has just been shortlisted for the German Book Prize and is selling phenomenally well ...

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