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Right and Left

Right and Left

Joseph Roth

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-492-3
Trim Size: 5 3/8 X 8
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Overlook
2/24/2004

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Joseph Roth has been described as one of the greatest writers in German of this century (The Times). With tragic foresight, Right and Left, first published in 1929, evokes the nightlife, corruption, political unrest, and economic tyranny of Berlin in the twenties, the same territory covered trenchantly in his reportage, recently published as What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-33.

After serving in World War I, Paul Bernheim returns to Berlin to find himself heir to his recently deceased father s banking empire. Increasingly beset by skyrocketing inflation, and dismayed by his brother s infatuation with the brown shirts, Bernheim turns to an outsider, a profiteering Russian migr whose advice proves alternately advantageous and disastrous, realizing too late to change his fate, that he has been manipulated.

What Roth sees and hands on is a unique essence, conveying the fragility of what is truly human in us, the ridiculous and the tragic. Nadine Gordimer, The Threepenny Review

Roth is delightful for his sharp irony, his puncturing of smug self-deception and sentimentality, and his inimitable one-liners. The Independent

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