The Leviathan

Joseph Roth (Author) Michael Hofmann (Translator)
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Description

In the small town of Progrody, Nissen Piczenik makes his living as the most respected coral merchant of the region. Nissen has never been outside of his town, deep in the Russian interior, and fantasizes that a Leviathan watches over the coral reefs. When the sailor nephew of one of Progrody's residents comes to visit, Nissen loses little time in befriending him for the purpose of learning about the sea. The sailor offers Nissen a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to Odessa and tour his ship. Nissen leaves his business during the peak coral season, and stays in Odessa for three weeks. But upon his return to Progrody, Nissen finds that a new coral merchant has moved into the neighboring town, and his coral is quickly becoming the most sought after. As his customers dwindle, life takes an evil twist for Nissen Piczenik. And the final decider of his fate may be the devil himself.

Product Details

Price
$9.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 29, 2011
Pages
57
Dimensions
4.57 X 0.23 X 7.02 inches | 0.14 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811219259
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About the Author

Joseph Roth was born in 1894 in a small Galician town on the eastern borders of the Hapsburg Empire. After serving in the Austro-Hungarian army from 1916 to 1918, he worked as a journalist in Vienna and in Berlin. He died in Paris in 1939, leaving behind thirteen novels as well as many stories and essays.
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.

Reviews

Joseph Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era.--Harold Bloom
With the writings of Kafka and Robert Musil, Roth's work constitutes Austria-Hungary's finest contribution to early-twentieth-century fiction.
The Leviathan is expansive, lyrical in tone, folkloric in manner.--J. M. Coetzee