The Hundred Days

Joseph Roth (Author) Richard Panchyk (Translator)


The incomparable Joseph Roth imagines Emperor Napoleon's last grab at glory, the hundred days spanning his escape from Elba to his final defeat at Waterloo. This particularly poignant work, set in the first half of 1815 and largely in Paris, is told from two perspectives, that of Napoleon himself and that of the lowly, devoted palace laundress Angelica--an unlucky creature who deeply loves him. In The Hundred Days, Roth refracts the deep sorrow of their intertwined fates.

Roth's signature lyrical elegance and haunting atmospheric details sing in The Hundred Days. "There may be," as James Wood has stated, "no modern writer more able to combine the novelistic and the poetic, to blend lusty, undamaged realism with sparkling powers of metaphor and simile."

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
October 07, 2014
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.1 inches | 0.85 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.
Formerly a teaching instructor at the University of Massachusetts and a tour interpreter for several museums in Deerfield, MA, Richard Panchyk has spoken at the Garvies Point Museum, Glen Cove, as well as Westbury Historical Society meetings, where he is a member. Panchyk is extensively published, including A History of Westbury, Long Island and Forgotten Tales of Long Island with The History Press.


There is a poem on every page of Joseph Roth.--Joseph Brodsky
This is not perhaps the real Napoleon, but it's certainly a remarkable creation that leaps off the page.--Jake Kerridge
What a marvelous writer! Read him now, you can thank me later.--Michael Dirda