The Emperor's Tomb | Granta

  • Published: 07/11/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847086129
  • 129x20mm
  • 208 pages

The Emperor’s Tomb

Joseph Roth

Translated by Michael Hofmann

The Emperor’s Tomb is a magically evocative, haunting elegy to the vanished world of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and to the passing of time and the loss of youth and friends. Prophetic and regretful, intuitive and exact, Roth’s acclaimed novel is the tale of one man’s struggle to come to terms with the uncongenial society of post-First World War Vienna and the first intimations of Nazi barbarities.

An urgent and moving lamentation of stark emotion... an inspired variation on the traditional coming-of-age narrative... a profound farewell gesture of love and sorrow, such heartbreaking sorrow

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Roth is a master of sharp scene-shaping and storytelling... wonderful

A.S. Byatt, Guardian

This beautiful, elegant, almost dreamlike novel is described by Hofmann, as "a round-the-corner continuation" of Roth's masterpiece, The Radetzky March

Kate Saunders, The Times

The Author

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, The Emperor’s Tomb and The Radetzky March, all published by Granta Books.

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The Translator

Michael Hofmann is a poet and German translator. His most recent collection of poems is One Lark, One Horse. He is a Granta contributing editor.

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