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The Radetzky March (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Radetzky March (Penguin Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Roth , Joachim Neugroschal
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""The Radetzky March is one of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth-century German; it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Doblin, and Robert Musil. Joseph Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era."

Roger Scruton, The Times

‘A heartfelt evocation of an Empire ...Roth’s masterpiece is of such enormous relevance to our times’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XHNMQ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AUSTRIA IN DECLINE 10 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Perhaps Joseph Roth is not the most widely known name in the literary world however his masterpiece, The Radetzky March, still commands an important place in 20th century German literature. The book was written during the early 1930's and it achieved widespread acclaim until it was supressed by the Nazis along with so many other works by Jewish writers, artists and so forth. The book charts the history of the Trotta family through three generations from 1859-1916. The decadence and impending collapse of the Austrian Empire are described in beautifully crafted and vivid language. A dark mood pervades the story - it is rather like watching a great river flow placidly towards an inevitable water fall. The characterisation is excellent and Roth contrives to draw out every possible detail as the book moves inexorably from scene to scene.
The novel can be appreciated as great literature and also as a valuable historical document. The Radetzky March is an important commentary on the fall of the Austrian Empire and how the legacy of those times still effects the mores Austrian society today.
This is a sound translation from German into English although some words could have been left alone eg ' Yessir for Jawohl '. This edition deserves to bring the Radetzky March to a much wider audience and can be thoroughly recommended.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary treasure. 1 Oct 2003
This is a masterpiece to be savored, celebrated, and shared. Straddling the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The Radetzky March uniquely combines the color, pomp, pageantry, and military maneuvering of the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with the more modern political and psychological insights of the twentieth century, giving this short book a panoramic geographical and historical scope with fully rounded characters with whom the reader can empathize.
Atmospheric effects are so rich and details are so carefully selected that you can hear the clopping of hooves, rattling of carriage wheels, clang of sabers, and percussion of rifles. Parallels between the actions of man and actions of Nature, along with seasonal cycles, bird imagery, and farm activity, permeate the book, grounding it and connecting the author's view of empire to the reality of the land. Loyalty, patriotism, and family honor are guiding principles here, even when these values impel the characters to extreme and sometimes senseless actions, as seen in a duel.
Significantly, there are no birth scenes here, only extremely touching scenes of aging and death, adding further poignancy to the decline and fall of the empire itself. And just as Trotta, in the end, has a little canary brought in to him, commenting that "it will outlive us all," perhaps this novel, too, will someday emerge from its obscurity and live as the classic it deserves to be. Mary Whipple
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully and intelligently written 14 Dec 2005
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This is the personal story of three generations of fathers and sons against the backdrop of the decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire. I was expecting a harsh, agressive book about honour and death and indeed these themes are key to the story but the style is tender, emotive and full of confused regret.
The fathers and sons in question have a distant, reticent respect for each other but also a deep and unfathomable love. The youngest von Trotta's life unravels into an out of control heap which mirrors the demise of the empire itself. While his father, the older generation 'going on', can only look on sadly impotent.
The clarity of detail and description of the various incidents and events that mark the life of the youngest protagonist are stunningly real. The quality of the writing and the translation is so good that you feel as though you are watching something rather than reading it.
Perhaps I'm making this book sound wafty and nostalgic, it is nostalgic but it's vision is razor sharp. I was moved to tears in one chapter when the Trotta's old servant Jacques becomes ill and dies. It's beautifully and intelligently written. Another book I have to ration because it is such a treat to read writing as good as this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic of austrian literature 26 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Radezky March shows Joseph Roth, one of the most interesting Austrian writers of this century, at his best. His melancholic tale of the lost world that was Austria-Hungary never gets sentimental, nor revisionistic. Roth became a convinced monarchist by the end of his life as a means of resistance against Hitler, but this never clouds his vision. his prose is of singular simplicity in a time that loved the complicated and winded sentences. In Radezky March he surpassed himsself, a book that offers new insights every time it is read again. highly recomended!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of Empire 28 Mar 2004
By R. Simpson VINE VOICE
The collapse of the Austrian Empire at the time of the Great War becomes explicable in this clear-eyed, unsentimentally compassionate family saga which links the Trotta family indissolubly to the last Emperor, Franz Joseph: his life saved by 'the hero of Solferino', his death signalling the last of the Trottas. The novel is both epic and intimate, combining the decline into hollowness of the Habsburg Empire with three generations of one family who desperately wish to serve that empire, but find themselves increasingly out of step with society as it exists. In what appears to me a superb translation by Michael Hofmann, The Radetzky March reminds us of how insular we can be in our assumptions of what constitutes great classic literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honour in the face of human weakness
This is a most moving account of three generations of the Trotta family as they served their Kaiser in various ways. Read more
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The little known or appreciated history of the sad ending of the Hapsburg Empire will probably only appeal to few but the beauty and the tragedy of this book will touch many.
Published 10 months ago by John K. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A nice version of this great novel. The translation has been very well done and the text flows very nicely.
Published 11 months ago by Carolyn Gee
4.0 out of 5 stars a great book
It tells you a great deal about the last days of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Interesting and sympathetic characters play out their lives against the background of great world... Read more
Published 13 months ago by anita whomes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic writing that illuminates an era, subtle, vivid, suggestive of...
Old fashioned writing that shows the inner self of the characters. An interesting time and place. More about the futility and insanity of wars. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Doretta Meshiea
4.0 out of 5 stars a modern classic
For anyone interested in the culture of Austria-Hungary before the First World War, this novel offers a penetrating and poetic insight. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ja
4.0 out of 5 stars Evacative of the time and life of the military in Europe.
Excellent. Evocative of the time and military way of life . A sense of being there and understanding the need to be loyal and fight for a great leader.
Published 20 months ago by ingridcarter-johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed...
I had looked forward to reading one of the '1001 books you must read before you die' and a work published in the Everymans Library hardback series. Read more
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