Hotel Savoy

Hotel Savoy

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by Joseph Roth
     
 

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Still bearing scars from the gulag, a freed POW wanders across Russia to an industrial town in Eastern Europe. In its massive Hotel Savoy, he meets a surreal case of characters - the dancer Stasia, a former factory owner obsessed with winning the lottery, and a host of cigar-puffing plutocrats and Slav revolutionaries - waiting in vain for something to happen: the… See more details below

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Still bearing scars from the gulag, a freed POW wanders across Russia to an industrial town in Eastern Europe. In its massive Hotel Savoy, he meets a surreal case of characters - the dancer Stasia, a former factory owner obsessed with winning the lottery, and a host of cigar-puffing plutocrats and Slav revolutionaries - waiting in vain for something to happen: the return from America of a tycoon named Bloomfield. Like Europe itself in 1932, the hotel is the stage upon which characters follow fate to its tragic destination.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Released from a Russian POW camp at the end of WW I, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army puts up at the gigantic Hotel Savoy on his way home. He tells the beautiful Stasia that he wanted to be a writer but the war intervened and now he sees no point in it. ``I am a solitary person,'' he says, ``and cannot write for the public.'' Joseph Roth (18941939) might have said that of himself. As a journalist, he was a public person, and highly visible as an anti-Nazi exile living in France. But as a writer, he left behind at his death a large unpublished oeuvre of 13 novels and numberless stories and essays. Only in recent years have his translated novels been appearing here. In the current miscellany, consisting of the title novella and two stories, the Savoy is the way station for the chaotic postwar world. In this swarming pageant of drifters, money is the universal obsession, while the Bolshevik revolution explodes in the background. Roth's considerable gift lay in sketching myriad personal convulsions in that time of conflagration. (December)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843913863
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Hesperus Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,065,664
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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"Superb Roth: witty, elegant, invariably honing in on the point where history trickles down to the level of the individual character and turns into fate." (The Nation)

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