The Hotel Years

The Hotel Years

Book - 2015
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The Hotel Years gathers sixty-four feuilletons: on hotels; pains and pleasures; personalities; and the deteriorating international situation of the 1930s. Never before translated into English, these pieces begin in Vienna just at the end of the First World War, and end in Paris near the outbreak of the Second World War. Roth, the great journalist of his day, needed journalism to survive: in his six-volume collected works in German, there are three of fiction and three of journalism. Beginning in 1921, Roth wrote mostly for the liberalFrankfurter Zeitung who sent him on assignments throughout Germany - the inflation, the occupation, political assassinations - and abroad, to the USSR, Italy, Poland and Albania. And always: "I celebrate my return to lobby and chandelier, porter and chambermaid."
Publisher: New York, New York :, New Directions Publishing Corporation,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: First American paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780811224871
Branch Call Number: 838 ROT
Characteristics: xv, 269 pages : map ; 21 cm

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Mar 13, 2019

These vignettes, somewhat cool and distant, in the manner of a reporter, but soon revealing a certain charm of a time long past, are best savoured slowly. Roth is an author well worth reading.

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