In these stunning dispatches w This is a review from Michael Andre Bernstein, The New Republic: I have added a quote at the end of the review, to give you a flavor of lessons contained in this book which could apply to one's understanding of, say, Ukraine today. They speak several languages, are themselves the product of several generations of mixed marriages, and fatherland for them is whichever country happens to conscript them. The Armenians of the Caucasus were for a long time neither Russians nor Armenians; they were Muslims living in the Caucasus, and yet they furnished the czars of Russia with their most loyal bodyguards.
Nationality is a Western concept. It was an invention of Western scholars, who have struggled to explain it. This is an account of the Jews in Europe and briefly the US in the period between the wars. Roth is always on the side of the downtrodden and oppressed and strongly champions the Jews of Eastern Europe. In particular he provides interesting anecdotes and insights about life in the Shtetl and a very human understanding of the sheer grind of having to get This is an account of the Jews in Europe and briefly the US in the period between the wars. In particular he provides interesting anecdotes and insights about life in the Shtetl and a very human understanding of the sheer grind of having to get by and survive in Anti-Semitic societies.
Both are translated by the superb Michael Hofmann. Jun 12, Nicholas During rated it it was amazing.
A brilliant angry little book. A must for anyone interested in Jewish European history and thought, though no doubt very dated since written before the Holocaust. Still, filled with insights into the relationships that Europe, both East and West, had with it's Jewish populations, and the relationship Jews had with the European countries that they lived in. Which is much too simple an explanation, since Roth by no means typifies the Jewish population of the time, I think around , but instead A brilliant angry little book. Which is much too simple an explanation, since Roth by no means typifies the Jewish population of the time, I think around , but instead explores the complexity they felt in religion, nationality, identity, and anti-semitism.
Roth is understandably angry, and if knew what was to happen once could imagine the angry becoming absolute despair. The angry comes through in his prose, and I found myself very moved over many parts of it. Highly recommended. Dec 20, Diana Petty-stone rated it it was amazing. A stunningly heartfelt, yet disturbing, account of the Eastern and Western European Jews in the mid 's. Joseph Roth was an esteemed Berlin journalist and a very gifted wordsmith and author of numerous books. In his polished prose he gives us a glimpse of the lives, customs and traditions that shapes the Jewish consciousness Here you will find painful answers to that nagging question of how could the Holocaust have happened?
This masterpiece was written by a man who is now considered one of t A stunningly heartfelt, yet disturbing, account of the Eastern and Western European Jews in the mid 's.
This masterpiece was written by a man who is now considered one of the foremost novelist of the twentieth century and compared to Thomas Mann and Isaac Babel. Included in the book is a comment by Elie Weisel. Apr 28, Kimberly rated it really liked it Shelves: history-german. It was very interesting to read this book, written about the Jewish population largely immigrating from the East to the West, written in the 's and early '30's.
He touches on topics like the growth of Zionism or colonization of Palestine and Hungary and discusses the plight of the "Wandering Jew" in a variety of locations throughout Europe and in America. It was just a great personal yet impersonal overview of the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, their endearing qualities, and t It was very interesting to read this book, written about the Jewish population largely immigrating from the East to the West, written in the 's and early '30's.
It was just a great personal yet impersonal overview of the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, their endearing qualities, and their eternal struggle with "papers". Sep 23, Paul Taylor rated it it was amazing. A fascinatinganalysis of a Jewish underclass between the world wars. It paints a dystopian picture of homelessness, statelessness and persecution ahead of the horrors of the aholocaust. Roth's afterword , written in , is eerily accurate in its predictions but even he could not foresee the attempted annihilation of the Jewish race by the Nazis.
He puts the Zionist into context, understanding why they exist but sceptical about their aims. Ci sono pagine in questo libro che sembrano tratte dai quadri di Chagall. Colorate e musicali come ballate. Io gli credo. Ricostruire un tempio seguendo esattamente le indicazioni della Bibbia richiede tempo non meno che amore.
Credo che Frohmann dia espressione a questa nostalgia, la nostalgia di un popolo intero. Ho visto un vecchio ebreo stare fermo, in piedi, davanti al tempio in miniatura. May 03, James rated it really liked it. Many of the Jews of Eastern Europe, not getting much traction in Palestine, are moving west, through Europe and the Americas. The Soviet Union is officially, at least, moving beyond the state antisemitism of the Czars.
Yet, the plight of the refugees is often hard, strange lands often hostile, and Roth feels many Jews are losing what he considers is there Jewish identity.
Never mind, that as the reader knows, all of Europe would descend into the Holocaust not long after. This is a heartbreaking and enchanting book. The large first section But read this book as a snapshot Also, read it and consider modern refugee and immigrant populations, equally at risk. The book is worth it just for the mordant preface which bitterly satirizes the obloquy with which eastern Judaism is treated.
The afterword, written in , shows an awareness of the new style antisemitism eliminationism but is necessarily uncomprehending of what is about to happen. May 03, Shelley rated it liked it Shelves: history , multicultural. This book was originally published in the 's and a 2nd edition in It shows the plight of Jews way before Hitler's Holocaust.
The Jews were already treated badly in most places. I didn't realize that.
I especially liked the chapters on Berlin and Paris, and the interesting explanations of Jewish names and attitudes towards different professions. Een boek uit maar de eerste pagina lijkt gisteren geschreven. Het gaat over joden op de vlucht naar West-Europa. De overeenkomsten met vandaag zijn verrassend. Moet dringend door iedereen gelezen worden.
An overview of Eastern European Jewry written in the late s. An incredible poignant and melancholic glimpse of a society that exists no more and that has now vanished for ever. Roth has a wonderfully pithy and understated writing style. This book was as pleasurable to read as it was sad. Apr 27, Navida rated it really liked it. Fascinating look at how Roth sees the differences between the Eastern and Western Jews.
Dec 19, Erik rated it it was ok Shelves: read-nonfiction. I like Roth a lot, but this book seemed to want to be considerably shorter or considerably longer. An unfocused essay or a half-baked treatise. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Joseph Roth. Joseph Roth.
Joseph Roth, journalist and novelist, was born and grew up in Brody, a small town near Lemberg in East Galicia, part of the easternmost reaches of what was then the Austro-Hungarian empire and is now Ukraine. Roth was born into a Jewish family. In German-speaking countries he is referred to as "Der Ewige Jude" the immortal, or eternal, Jew , while in Romance-speaking countries he is known as "Le Juif Errant" and "L'Ebreo Errante"; the English form, probably because derived from the French, has followed the Romance.
The Spanish name is "Juan Espera en Dios. Hans Andersen made his "Ahasuerus" the Angel of Doubt, and was imitated by Heller in a poem on "The Wandering of Ahasuerus," which he afterward developed into three cantos.
Goethe had designed a poem on the subject, the plot of which he sketched in his "Dichtung und Wahrheit. In France, E. Quinet published his prose epic on the legend in , making the subject the judgment of the world; and Eugene Sue wrote his "Juif Errant" in From the latter work, in which the author connects the story of Ahasuerus with that of Herodias, most people derive their knowledge of the legend.
William Godwin's novel "St. Leon" has the motive of the immortal man, and Shelley introduced Ahasuerus into his "Queen Mab. According to L. Neubaur, the legend is founded on the words given in Matt. So, too, from John xxi. John would not die before the second coming of Jesus; while another legend declares that the attendant Malchus, whose ear St.
For Hoffman, the son of Holocaust survivors, Yiddish was his first language. Daniel Kahn, who plays Biff, learned Yiddish later in life as his aesthetics and politics evolved. The father sacrificing his life so that his sons can attain the highest level of achievement has very deep meaning for Jews, says Yassur. Part of the American Dream demands that you give up the most important part of yourself in order to become a commodity.