Job: The Story of a Simple Man

Job: The Story of a Simple Man

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By (author) Joseph Roth, Other Ross Benjamin

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  • Publisher: ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 178mm x 20mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0982624603
  • ISBN 13: 9780982624609
  • Sales rank: 281,876

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The faith of Mendel Singer, a teacher in Galicia, is tested at every turn. Eventually his worldview erodes along with his belief in God's omnipotence. Singer and his family move to America, where his eldest son joins the army and is killed in WWI. Then a miracle occurs, and Singer's faith is renewed. This moving and insightful modern fable is one of Joseph Roth's greatest works. Born in 1894 in a small Galician town on the border of the Hapsburg Empire, Joseph Roth, author of more than fifteen novels, was one of the central figures of the émigré intellectual opposition to the Nazis. Roth is among the greatest Central European writers of the twentieth century.

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Joseph Roth: Joseph Roth 1894-1937 was an Austrian novelist, best known for his family saga "Radetzky March" (1932), and for his novel of Jewish life, "Job" (1930). From 1930, Roth's fiction became less concerned with contemporary society, with which he had become increasingly disillusioned, and during this period his work frequently evoked a melancholic nostalgia for life in imperial Central Europe prior to 1914. He often portrayed the fate of homeless wanderers looking for a place to live, in particular Jews and former citizens of the old Austria-Hungary, who, with the downfall of the monarchy, had lost their homeland. Ross Benjamin is a writer and translator living in Nyack, New York. His work has appeared in Bookforum, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, and other publications. His translations include Friedrich Holderlin's Hyperion, Kevin Vennemann's Close to Jedenew and Thomas Pletzinger's Funeral for a Dog. He was a 2003-2004 Fulbright Scholar in Berlin. He won the 2010 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize for his rendering of Michael Maar's Speak, Nabokov.

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"Galician Jewry achieved another grand figure in Joseph Roth, whose "Job" is both immensely sorrowful and finally strangely hopeful." Harold Bloom ""Job" is more than a novel and legend, it is a pure, perfect poetic work, which is destined to outlast everything that we, his contemporaries, have created and written. In unity of construction, in depth of feeling, in purity, in the musicality of the language, it can scarcely be surpassed." Stefan Zweig "This life of an everyday man moves us as if someone had written of our lives, our longings, our struggles. Roth's language has the discipline and rigor of German Classicism. A great and harrowing book that no one can resist." Ernst Toller ""Job" is perfect, and small: a novel as lyric poem." Joan Acocella "The totality of Joseph Roth's work is no less than a "tragedie humaine" achieved in the techniques of modern fiction." Nadine Gordimer