The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March

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Strauss's Radetzky March, signature tune of one of Europe's most powerful regimes, presides over Joseph Roth's account of three generations of the Trotta family in the years preceding the Austro-Hungarian collapse in 1918. Grandfather, son and grandson are equally dependent on the empire: the first for his enoblement; the second for the civil virtues that make him a meticulous servant of an administration whose failure he can neither comprehend nor survive; the third for the family standards of conduct which he cannot attain but against which he is too enfeebled to rebel.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 18mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141185279
  • 9780141185279
  • 260,424

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Roth is Austria's Chekhov -- William Boyd One of the greatest novels written in the last century -- Allan Massie One of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth-century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Doeblin, and Robert Musil. Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era -- Harold Bloom A masterpiece . . . The totality of Joseph Roth's work is no less than a tragedie humaine achieved in the techniques of modern fiction -- Nadine Gordimer The best novel is a book that, to my shame, I have only just read. Visiting Vienna earlier in the year, I realised how little I knew about the Austro-Hungarian empire. So I read Joseph Roth's 1932 book The Radetzky March (Penguin Classics) and, as soon as I finished reading it, I read it all over again. -- Chris Patten * New Statesman *
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About Joseph Roth

Joseph Roth was born in 1894 into a Jewish family living in East Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian empire. He became a successful journalist and travelled widely, eventually becoming best-known for his literary novels The Radestzky March and Job, his account of Jewish life. He died in Paris in 1939.
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