The Wandering Jews (Paperback)
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The Wandering Jews (Paperback)

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Paperback 168 Pages / Published: 16/10/2001
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The author has the fond hope that there may still be readers from whom the Eastern Jews do not require protection: readers with respect for pain, for human greatness, and for the squalor that everywhere accompanies misery; Western Europeans who are not merely proud of their clean mattresses.

Written in 1926, The Wandering Jews is Joseph Roth’s personal account of the plight of Jews from Eastern Europe in exile in the aftermath of the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

As a journalist and a Jewish writer, Roth describes both his own sense of homelessness as well as setting down the testimonies of refugees he encountered scattered amongst the cities of Europe and across the Soviet Union.

Roth’s is an unflinching account of the aftermath of diaspora upon a culture and a community - their poverty, their towns and trades, their feast days and the mysticism of their rabbis. He was acutely conscious that this was a community living under the threat of extermination.

The first English translation of Joseph Roth's portrayal of the Jews of Eastern Europe is a timely reminder of appalling discrimination meted out upon the dispossessed that is ever-more relevant to a contemporary Europe being shaped by its own responses to a modern refugee crisis.

Best known for his fictional saga The Radetzky March, the author Joseph Roth grew up in East Galicia and his experiences as a soldier on the Eastern Front in WWI as well as witnessing the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire and being forced to flee his home in Berlin in 1933, inspired his work as a journalist and author. He was prophetic in his foreboding about the coming of the Second World War, in 1933 writing to his friend Stefan Zweig he warned ‘They have succeeded in establishing a reign of barbarity. Do not fool yourself. Hell reigns’.

The Wandering Jews was a timely and important book, one that Roth was supremely well qualified to write.’ – The New York Times

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Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862074705
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 196 x 131 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This [is a] rich little book...Roth's gift of phrasing, which can switch without warning from lyrical sentiment to irony, never deserts him' Observer; 'This new book contains superb reportage' The Irish Times; 'Almost every page has flashes of the novelist's descriptive wit and the trained journalist's eye for a story' Sunday Telegraph; 'It shows some prophetic insights, and some illusions' Evening Standard; 'The Wandering Jews reconnects with the rich complexities of European Jewish culture before it was swallowed up by the Holocaust. Roth's brilliant and penetrating analysis proved tragically prophetic. At this distance, it gives a timeless perspective on the vulnerability of dispossessed people everywhere' The Times; 'Of the many books written about the Jewish people few have approached the clarity and exactness achieved in this short, astonishing study. Roth's reportage remains vivid and pertinent. As a cultural study of a homeless, persecuted race it is as perceptive as it is practical. His lightness of touch always prevails. Above all the fiction is unforgettable, the prose fluid and beautiful. It must also be said he is a forgotten master- the fiction is evocative, atmospheric and accessible. Read everything he has written - and wonder at one of literature's most enduring, beguiling and deserving voices' Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times; 'Roth...is one of the greatest. Why he was forgotten, I have no idea...In The Wandering Jews, a book dozens of times larger than itself in love and argument and stern sympathy...[Roth] also demonstrates that war is not necessary to break our faith. Only civilisation is. Only a writer who had chosen to live with that sound of shattering could do that.' New Statesman

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