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The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

The Radetzky March

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The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
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Oct 01, 1996 | ISBN 9780679451006

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“One of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth-century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Döblin, and Robert Musil. Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era.”

“A masterpiece . . . The totality of Joseph Roth’s work is no less than a tragédie humaine
Achieved in the techniques of modern fiction.”

“Epic . . . brilliantly achieved . . . the portrait of an empty age, an age of gold braid and glitter.”

“It is hard to praise this novel sufficiently . . . [It] is exceptional for . . . the tolerance and pity and humorous magnanimity with which the author regards his characters.”

With a new introduction by Alan Bance

Author Essay

On 2 July 1859, the correspondent of The Times reported back to London on the Austrian defeat at the Battle of Solferino in northern Italy, at the hands of the French under Napoleon III. In his account, the Times man makes a particular point of deploring the presence on the battlefield of the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, whose anachronistic gallantry in leading his men from the front endangered rather than advanced the Austrian cause, for ‘every one thought himself bound to take care of the EMPEROR’s safety, and Solferino… would probably have been better defended if he had been away.’

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