Something does, on occasion, fall from a torch. A bit of pitch.
Karl Kraus (F 279-280: 5)


post № 8

24 December 2014


In these great times: a work in progress

As I announced on a bit of pitch’s Facebook page on 25 October 2014, I have been working on an English translation of Karl Kraus’s initial response to the outbreak of World War I—his speech “In dieser großen Zeit,” which he delivered on 19 November 1914 at the Mittlerer Konzerthaussaal in Vienna and published on 5 December 1914 in No. 404 of Die Fackel. Following Zohn, I have kept the English title as “In these great times.”


Because my day job and other responsibilities have kept me from doing any serious work on this translation (November and December always bring very heavy workloads), I thought it might be interesting to publish, before the new year, what I have been able to get into working form: namely, the opening paragraph. You can read it here.


My plan is to finish the first complete draft of this speech between 5 January 2015 and 19 January 2015, when I am scheduled for a two-week vacation. Assuming that I can, in fact, finish my first draft during those two weeks, the finished translation will, with some probability, go live sometime in February 2015 or March 2015. Stay tuned.


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