The Emperor's Tomb by Joseph Roth

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The writing, minimal though it is, is full of heavy repetitions. The word "death" resounds portentously throughout, but there isn't enough around it for this to work.
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An intensely beautiful book about one of history’s bleakest periods


The Emperor’s Tomb – the last novel Joseph Roth wrote – is a haunting elegy to the vanished world of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and a magically evocative paean to the passing of time and the loss of hope. The Emperor’s Tomb runs from 1913 to 1938, from the eve of one world war to the eve of the next, from disaster to disaster. Striped with beauty and written in short propulsive chapters – full of upheavals, reversals and abrupt twists of plot – the novel powerfully sketches a time of change and loss. Prophetic and regretful, intuitive and exact, Roth tells of one man’s foppish, sleepwalking, spoiled youth and then his struggle to come to terms with the uncongenial society of post-First World War Vienna, financial ruin, and the first intimations of Nazi barbarities.
 

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Joseph Roth (1894-1939) has been admired by J. M. Coetzee, Cathleen Schine, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joseph Brodsky, and Nadine Gordimer, among others. His noted works include The Radetzky March, The Legend of the Holy Drinker, The Leviathan (his final work, published posthumously after Roth’s untimely death at the age of 44) and the anthology The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth. For his translations, acclaimed poet Michael Hofmann has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Dublin International IMPAC Award, the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and The Schlegel-Tieck Prize (four times). He is the highly acclaimed translator of, among others, Kafka, Brecht, and Joseph Roth.
 
Published April 22, 2013 by New Directions. 185 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anthony Cummins on Feb 03 2013

It makes a gloomy coming-of-age narrative that's all the more sorrowful as an elegy for a prelapsarian way of life that Trotta didn't much like in the first place.

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Reviewed by AS Byatt on Jan 25 2013

The writing, minimal though it is, is full of heavy repetitions. The word "death" resounds portentously throughout, but there isn't enough around it for this to work.

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Excellent
on Feb 02 2013

Mr Hofmann’s bold translation pays due respect to the lamplit streets of the city and the romantic feelings of its hero...

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