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Adan Kovacsics

War and Language

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Acantilado

Non fiction

January 2008

160 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: Guerra y lenguaje

In four separate texts, Adan Kovacsics analyses the role of the press during wars, the impact of war on literature, its influence on language, and how modernity affects the ways in which people express themselves. No writer is unaffected by the impact of war on language, as demonstrated in the work of Rainer Maria Rilke, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Paul Celan, Elfriede Jelinek and Ingeborg Bachmann. Kovacsics examines how wars are born and bred in the power of words and discusses the interesting case of Colin Powell’s presentation before the United Nations justifying his country’s attack on Iraq and thereby exemplifying Karl Krauss’s early alert about language propaganda in the United States. As Kovacsics puts it, “War consists not only of actions and sufferings, but also of a stream of words”.

Praises

«This is a magnificent book and now more pertinent than ever».
ABC

«A caustic essay with marvellous narrative touches illustrating the
disastrous consequences of the corruption of language».
El País

«A literary gem».
Diario de Levante

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Acantilado

Non fiction

January 2008

1 pages

Essay, Human Studies