Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Joseph Roth's THE RADETSKY MARCH in The New Yorker
New Yorker critic James Wood offers an interesting piece on Aleksandar Hemon's new novel The Lazarus Project in this week's issue. Woods begins the essay with a passage from Joseph Roth's classic novel of the Austro-Hungarian empire, The Radetsky March. Roth's greatest achievement, and available in paperback from Overlook, The Radetzky March is an unparalleled portrait of a civilization in decline, and as such is a universal story for our times. Harold Bloom has called it "one of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Döblin, and Robert Musil."