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    Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters (Hardback) By (author) Joseph Roth, Translated by Michael Hofmann


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    DescriptionOccasionally a collection of letters appears that is so extraordinary in its biographical details and emotional resonance that the work becomes a classic of literature in its own right: the letters, for example, of Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway or Saul Bellow. Such is the case of the legendary Austro-Hungarian novelist and essayist, Joseph Roth, who was born in Ukraine in 1894 and died tragically in Paris in 1939. Having translated every other major Roth work including The Radetzky March, the award-winning translator Michael Hofmann presents this stunning new biography of the master novelist and legendary Euoprean journalist, told through letters. The letters span the breadth of Roth's life, from his schoolboy years - in letters to his girl cousins in the Austrian provinces - to the veteran of 44, marked by war, poverty, alcoholism, the loss of his wife through madness, and two decades of prolific work. It is a deeply moving portrait of the life of the writer as an outsider; in exile from a world he no longer recognized as his own.

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    Joseph Roth
    A Life in Letters
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    By (author) Joseph Roth, Translated by Michael Hofmann
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 47 mm
    Weight: 909 g
    ISBN 13: 9781847083401
    ISBN 10: 1847083404

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    02 February 2012
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    Joseph Roth (1894 - 1939) was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan, tolerant and doomed Central European culture that flourished in the dying days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Born into a Jewish family in Galicia, on the eastern edge of the empire, he was a prolific political journalist and novelist. On Hitler's assumption of power, he was obliged to leave Germany and he died in poverty in Paris. Michael Hofmann is the highly acclaimed translator of Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen, Kafka, and Brecht and the author of several books of poems and book of criticism. He has translated nine previous books by Joseph Roth. He lives in London and Hamburg.