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On the End of the World

Joseph Roth Will Stone



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01 August 2019
Literary essays; History
In January 1933, on the very day Hitler seized power in Germany, Joseph Roth fled to Paris. There, in what he called the 'hour before the end of the world', he wrote a series of articles. The end he foresaw would soon come to pass in the full horror of Hitler's barbarism, the Second World War and most crucially for Roth, the final irreversible destruction of a pan-European consciousness.

Incisive and ironic, the writing evokes Roth's bitterness, frustration and morbid despair at the coming annihilation of the free world while displaying his great nostalgia for the Habsburg Empire into which he was born and his ingrained fear of nationalism in any form.
By:   Joseph Roth
Translated by:   Will Stone
Imprint:   DAUNT
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781782274766
ISBN 10:   1782274766
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joseph Roth (1894-1939) was an Austrian novelist best known for his family saga The Radetzky March and for his novel of Jewish life, Job. He fought in the Austrian army in the First World War, and worked as a novelist and journalist in Frankfurt, becoming a leading Jewish intellectual of the era. With the rise of Nazism, he lived the rest of his life in exile.

Reviews for On the End of the World

Will Stone's translation of Roth's writings of the 1930s, On the End of the World . . . is a radiant book. -- Morten Hoi Jensen at LitHub Roth is Austria's Chekhov. -- William Boyd

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