Synopses & Reviews
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
By one of the most distinguished Austrian writers of our century, a portrait of three generations set against the panoramic background of the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire. Translated by a three-time winner of the PEN Translation Prize.
"A nostalgic and poignant novel that will be read breathlessly. It has an atmosphere of its own, a tone, a voice. Not only does it evoke sounds and images of Roth's native land and past, it also foreshadows the curse of times to come: ours." Elie Wiesel, New York Times
"A masterpiece...The totality of Joseph Roth's work is no less than a 'tragedie humaine' achieved in the techniques of modern fiction. No other contemporary writer, not excepting Thomas Mann, has come so close to achieving the wholeness lying atop a slippery pole we never stop trying to climb that Lukacs cites as our impossible aim." Nadine Gordimer, The New York Review of Books
"One of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Doblin, and Robert Musil. Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era." Harold Bloom
"The novel's formal beauty flows from its dynastic current, which irrigates the very structure of the book." James Wood, The London Review of Books
"The totality of Joseph Roth's work is no less than a tragedie humaine achieved in the techniques of modern fiction. No other contemporary writer, not excepting Thomas Mann, has come close to achieving the wholeness...that Lukacs cites as our impossible aim." Nadine Gordimer, The New York Review of Books
, Joseph Roth's classic saga of the privileged von Trotta family, encompasses the entire social fabric of the Austro-Hungarian Empire just before World War I.
The author's greatest achievement, The Radetzky March is an unparalleled portrait of a civilization in decline, and as such, a universal story for our times.
About the Author
'Joseph Roth was born in 1894 in a small Galician town on the eastern borders of the Hapsburg Empire. After serving in the Austro-Hungarian army from 1916 to 1918, he worked as a journalist in Vienna and in Berlin. He died in Paris in 1939, leaving behind thirteen novels as well as many stories and essays.'