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Brody 2 Sept. 1894 - Paris 27 May 1939 • Austrian novelist
|ON JOSEPH ROTH'S BOOKSHELF|
The Red and the Black
The rise and fall of Julian Sorel. Born into peasantry, he connives his way into aristocratic circles, but his powers of seduction lead to his downfall when he commits a crime of passion.
Nikolai Gogol, 1842
In this quintessentially Russian novel, the reader follows Chichikov, a dismissed civil servant turned con-man, through the countryside in pursuit of his shady enterprise.
Leo N. Tolstoy, 1877
Anna Karenina abandons her empty existence as a society wife and embarks on a doomed love affair with the passionate but emotionally bankrupt Vronsky.
Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky, 1868
The saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanitorium and finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power and sexual conquest.
Honoré de Balzac, 1847
The story of the Hulot family. Risen to eminence under Napoleon 1, their aristocratic values leave them bewildered and vulnerable in the money-ridden burgeois Paris of the 1840s. It is also the story of Bette herself, the poor relation whose patient malice finally leads to their demise.
The Stone Breakers and Other Novellas
Ferdinand von Saar, 1876-1877
Five novellas by the 19th-century Austrian writer Ferdinand von Saar on the theme of love and sensuality.
Arthur Schnitzler, 1901
Viennese author Schnitzler's brief 1901 novel depicts the Austrian crisis at the turn of the century and the impending collapse of the dream of the empire.
|BOOKS BY JOSEPH ROTH:|
The Radetzky March
The Radetzky March charts the history of the Trotta family through three generations spanning the rise and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
|WHAT TO READ AFTER THE RADETZKY MARCH?|
The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War
Jaroslav Hasek, 1920-1923
The deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army - dismissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I (where he is captured by his own troops).
Sándor Márai, 1942
At a castle in the Carpathian moutains, two men meet for the first time in 41 years, having spent their lives waiting for this moment. Decades earlier an event - something to do with a betrayal and a woman - led to the friends separation but as their lives draw to a close the truth is revealed.
The Man Without Qualities
Robert Musil, 1930
Ulrich has no qualities in the sense that his self-awareness is completely divorced from his abilities. He is drawn into a project, the 'Parallel Campaign,' to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's coronation in 1918.
CONTEMPORARY AUSTRIAN DECLINE
The Piano Teacher
Elfriede Jelinek, 1983
Erika Kohut, a 40-year-old is a piano teacher who still lives with her mother. While her mother waits up for her, Erika trawls the seedy side of contemporary Vienna, visiting porn shows and peep shows. Her Jekyll and Hyde existence is disturbed by a handsome young piano student.
The Story of My Baldness
Marek van der Jagt, 2000
Viennese teenager Marek, a studious type prone to dour remarks, struggles under the burdens of an overbearing mother, a distant father, and a perilously small penis.
Thomas Bernhard, 1984
Thomas Bernhard's novel of life amid the art and theatre society of Vienna and London.
The Third Man
Graham Greene, 1950
Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero, Harry Lime. But Harry has died in suspicious circumstances, and the police are closing in on his associates...
FAMILIES IN DECLINE
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, 1958
A bitter-sweet tale of quiet lives in the small and apparently timeless world of mid-19th-century Sicilian nobility. Through the eyes of his princely protagonist, the author chronicles the details of an aristocratic, pastoral society, torn apart by revolution, death and decay.
Evelyn Waugh, 1945
An unexpected wartime return to Brideshead, home of Sebastian Flyte and his eccentric family, causes Charles Ryder to reflect on their carefree undergraduate days.
Thomas Mann, 1901
This story of a prosperous Hanseatic family and their gradual disintegration is also a portrayal of the transition from the stable bourgeois life of the 19th century to a modern uncertainty.
KINDRED (VIENNESE) SPIRITS
The Sleepwalkers: A Trilogy
Hermann Broch, 1931-1932
Three novels depicting Europe between 1888 and 1918 (The Romantic, The Anarchist, The Realist). Broch's epic trilogy of daily life in Germany established him as an important modernist innovator.
The Pure in Heart
Franz Werfel, 1929
The story of a man who has never gotten over his childhood love and need for his nurse.
Beware of Pity
Stefan Zweig, 1938
In 1913, a young second lieutenant discovers the terrible dangers of pity. He had no idea the girl was lame when he asked her to dance-his compensatory afternoon calls relieve his guilt but give her a dangerous glimmer of hope.
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