Report from a Parisian Paradise by Joseph Roth
Essays from France, 1925-1939

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Joseph Roth (1894-1939), the greatest newpaper correspondent of his age, left the splintering Weimar Republic for Paris in 1925. His essays from "Report from a Parisian Paradise" evoke a world of suppleness, beauty and promise. So prophetic were Roth's perceptions of a world where "the girls became increasingly more lost and innocent" that he increasingly resorted to drink to douse his vision of a conflagration that could not be averted. From the port town of Marseille to the Riviera of Nice and Monte Carlo, to the erotic hill country around Avignon Roth's, and from the socialist workers and cattlemen with whom Roth ate breakfast to prostitutes and Sunday bullfighters, Roth's book is a swan song to a European order that could no longer hold.

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Author and journalist Joseph Roth was born on September 2, 1894. During World War I, he served in the Austro-Hungarian army from 1916 to 1918. Afterwards, he worked as a journalist in Vienna and in Berlin. His best-known works are The Radetzky March and Job. He died in Paris on May 27, 1939 and is buried in Thiais cemetery. Michael Hofmann won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for Roth's The Tale of the 1002nd Night by Joseph Roth.
Published December 1, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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Despite his denial of sentimentality, Roth is openly seduced, for example, by “the rattling of the steel shutters coming down in front of the shops [as] for an hour people prepare for the magnificent, lofty festival that in the white cities of the south of France goes by the name ‘lunch.’ ” Haunt...

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Joseph Roth was a master of the feuilleton, the genre that, always in highly individual fashion, comprises some mix of travelogue, reportage, short story and cultural and political commentary.

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Reading Joseph Roth's vivid essay "America Over Paris," in which he decries the intrusion of billboards advertising American products in Paris and the plethora of loud, crass Americans exclaiming "Wow" at the sight of the Venus de Milo in the Louvre, one might think it was written last week rathe...

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