- Published: 23/04/1999
- ISBN: 9781862072558
- 240 pages
Right And Left
Translated by Michael Hofmann
Set in Berlin in the 1920s, Right and Left charts the rivalry of the two sons of a wealthy banker, one of them an early convert to fascism. It is a brilliant evocation of Berlin before the rise of Nazism; a society on the brink of disintegration.
Until now, Roth has been neglected outside the German-speaking world... In the poet Michael Hofmann he has found someone who can successfully translate his pellucid prose without losing any of its melancholy glow. Perhaps now Roth's reputation will finally take a turn for the better.
Joseph Roth is one of those rare and welcome talents whose concision and deceptive simplicity send the cogs of the imagination whizzing into overdrive.