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The Legend of the Holy Drinker Paperback – 16 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (16 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862074712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862074712
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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 Austrian Empire. He wrote thirteen novels, including The Radetzky March and The String of Pearts.


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The Legend of the Holy Drinker was the last book that Roth wrote, finished shortly before his alcohol-related death in Paris. It details the last few weeks of an alcoholic tramp who lives under the bridges of the Seine between the wars. A series of extraordinary strokes of luck allow him to recapture some of his old life, and leads him to contemplate who he is and how he got to where he is.
Far from dreary, this is a joyful story, almost whimsical. It is written with such economy and lightness and sureness of touch that it is utterly absorbing, yet has power and poignancy that belie its short length.
This is a brilliant, gleaming little volume, truly a modern day legend, that is so perfectly formed that it cannot disappoint.
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Hardly even qualifying for the title novella, this long short story is another one of those tales that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and your eyes prickle when you come to the end. In the space of a few pages Roth caught superbly the trial most of do battle with daily -- trying to be good yet occasionally veering from the path through stupidity, weakness or even good intentions. Reading it -- in Hoffman's superb translation, with not a word wrong or a phrase that is infelicitous -- is one of those experiences that makes you remember where you were and what you were doing before you sat down to read. It is a superb little story; a gem. (And as for the apology about the title, contained in the preface -- could you think of anything catchier or more apposite when you finish it?)
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First time I read this book, it did impact me profoundly. Few years later I had the opportunity to see the film, not available on DVD yet. Mr Hauer's performance is memorable and the entire setting fantastic.
There is one thing I would like to say about the book and the film: It can actually change the way someone sees things and consequently have a major impact on your life
Fantastic film: an inner-fight between the "ideal me" and the "Ideal of me"
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This novel is very short, but is beautiful and delightful in its condensed and minimal form. I almost did not notice the fact that I finished reading this in one hour - it really was as involving and achieved as a full-length novel. Read this if you are an alcoholic. Read this if you are looking for the most precise prose (and see Hem's Old Man and the Sea). It is a wonderful little story, and so poetically written. Especially under the circumstances. A major work of genius to remember!
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