The Spider's Web | Granta

  • Published: 30/11/2004
  • ISBN: 9781862076761
  • 130x20mm
  • 128 pages

The Spider’s Web

Joseph Roth

Translated by John Hoare

In The Spider’s Web, his first novel, Roth paints a chillingly realistic picture of the conspiracies of the radical right that were to undermine the Weimar Republic and pave the way for Hitler and National Socialism.

Joseph Roth is one of those rare and welcome talents whose concision and deceptive simplicity send the cogs of the imagination whizzing into overdrive

Sunday Telegraph

The true reading pleasure afforded by the rich environment Roth captures may well have increase over time, while the schisms at the heart of Europe continue to fascinate. It seems that we are rediscovering in twentieth-century Central European literature classics for a new millennium

Time Out

Reading [Roth] is like reading a prophet: provocative, discomforting, full of insight and foreboding


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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