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The Legend Of The Holy Drinker By Joseph Roth

The Legend Of The Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

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Joseph Roth's tale of an alcoholic vagrant who has a series of lucky breaks that lift him briefly onto a different plane of existence

The Legend Of The Holy Drinker Summary

The Legend Of The Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth

This novella, one of the most haunting things that Joseph Roth ever composed, was published in 1939, the year the author died. Like Andreas, the hero of the story, Roth drank himself to death in Paris, but this is not an autobiographical confession. Rather, it is a secular miracle-tale, in which the vagrant Andreas, after living under bridges, has a surprising run of good luck that changes his circumstances profoundly. The novella is extraordinarily compressed, dry-eyed and witty, despite its melancholic subject matter.

About Joseph Roth

JOSEPH ROTH (1894-1939) was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan, tolerant and doomed Central European culture that flourished in the dying days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Born into a Jewish family in Galicia, on the eastern edge of the empire, he was a prolific political journalist and novelist. On Hitler's assumption of power, he was obliged to leave Germany for Paris, where he died in poverty a few years later. His books include What I Saw, Job, The White Cities, The String of Pearls and The Radetzky March, all published by Granta Books. MICHAEL HOFMANN is the highly acclaimed translator of Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen, Kafka and Brecht, and the author of several books of poems and book of criticism. He has translated nine previous books by Joseph Roth. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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GOR010856844
9781847086181
1847086187
The Legend Of The Holy Drinker by Joseph Roth
Used - Like New
Paperback
Granta Books
2013-11-07
112
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