I am just one of the epigones who

live and dwell in the house of language ole.


The experience had is mine however;

I’ll break out and I’ll destroy Thebes forever.


Though the old masters I do succeed, bloody

vengeance for their patrimony belongs to me.


I speak of vengeance, of my need to take it,

to avenge language on all the speakers fit.


Am an epigone, am ancestor-worthy.

And you’re the Thebans, deserving the fury!


Karl Kraus

Translated by Peter Winslow



Source text


Kraus, K. “Confession.” Die Fackel. Nos. 443-444 (1916): 28. Print.