The Hotel Years

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5.2 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Joseph Roth (1894-1939) was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan culture that flourished in the dying days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He published several books and articles before his untimely death at the age of 44. Roth's writing has been admired by J. M. Coetzee, Jeffrey Eugenides, Elie Wiesel, and Nadine Gordimer, among many others.
Michael Hofmann is a poet and frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost translators of works from German to English. He lives in London.


Nonstop brilliance, irresistible charm and continuing relevance.--Jeffrey Eugenides
Roth captures and encapsulates Europe in those uncertain hours before the upheaval of a continent and the annihilation of a civilization.--Cynthia Ozick
A singular achievement of both journalism and literature.--Thane Rosenbaum
So consistently incisive that we devour the lot, compulsively, from cover to cover.--Amanda Hopkinson
Dazzling, elegiac, mordant and harrowingly oracular by turn.--George Prochnik
Brilliantly perceptive, beautifully crafted and often dripping with mordant wit.--Toby Lichtig
Joseph Roth has emerged as one of the greatest, certainly the most prescient, of the German writers of the entre-deux guerres'.
Roth's journalism creates a vivid sense of a continent on the brink of change.
This wonderful selection of journalism from the Weimar years, a period Roth spent in Paris, Germany and on the road, displays genius from every angle, as a rebel, a loyalist and a man of compassion.--Jan Morris
Roth's hotel years came to an abrupt end in the Old World. Thankfully, his account of them, and of the turbulent cross-currents of his age, live on in exquisite collections such as this one.--Malcolm Forbes
Joseph Roth: his view arises from the deepest human pity everywhere. I cannot imagine how he does this except instinctively. He is incomparable.--Anne Carson
I love going back to Joseph Roth. He's one of the best journalists who ever lived and certainly an amazing writer and novelist. His book called The Hotel Years are articles he wrote about staying in hotels, mostly in eastern Europe as it then was in the last days of the Austrian Habsburg Empire. I love his style of observation and his descriptions of characters and so on. I always feel enriched when I put down a book by Joseph Roth.--John le Carré
Roth was as equally magisterial and entertaining in his journalism as he was in his novels, and Michael Hofmann's new selection of Roth's nonfiction, his fourteenth translation of Roth's overall, is thoroughly addictive.--André Naffis-Sahely
The Hotel Years is a master class in journalism, and a reminder that when a writer can play multiple small notes, he creates a full composition that carries the depth of meaning.--Juan Vidal