Zipper And His Father | Granta

  • Published: 02/05/2005
  • ISBN: 9781862077423
  • 129x20mm
  • 144 pages

Zipper And His Father

Joseph Roth

Translated by John Hoare

Set in Vienna in the early part of the twentieth century, Zipper and His Father is a compelling and wonderfully atmospheric portrayal of a childhood friend, Arnold Zipper, and his father, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The Zipper family welcome the arrival of their son’s friend and the boy is fascinated by their cosy suburban life. Zipper Senior, a violin-maker and travelling salesman, is determined that the boys will attain the success that was denied to him. However, as the two friends mature their lives take different paths – the army, university, early career choices and a disastrous marriage to an aspiring actress all take their toll – and each has a very different story to tell. From the outskirts of Vienna to the Hollywood Hills, Zipper and His Father charts the ambitions of a whole generation who, during period of erratic social change, found themselves dreaming of what might have been.

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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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