The Hundred Days

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Napoleon's return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth.
Set during the infamous period between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his second defeat and recapture at Waterloo, The Hundred Days describes the great Emperor’s last shot at glory and his final transformation from a godlike ruler into an ordinary, humble man. Roth frames the novel through the perspectives of Napoleon himself as well as his devoted Corsican laundress Angelina, to show the ...
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Overview

Napoleon's return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth.
Set during the infamous period between Napoleon’s escape from Elba and his second defeat and recapture at Waterloo, The Hundred Days describes the great Emperor’s last shot at glory and his final transformation from a godlike ruler into an ordinary, humble man. Roth frames the novel through the perspectives of Napoleon himself as well as his devoted Corsican laundress Angelina, to show the demise of their seemingly intertwined fates. The Hundred Days is enriched with Roth’s signature lyrical elegance and haunting atmospheric details.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[Roth's] Napoleon is a vivid depiction of waning greatness." — The Boston Review
Library Journal
07/01/2014
Newly translated after being out of print in English for 70 years, this novel by Austrian master Roth (Radetzky March; The Wandering Jews) captures Europe at a time of great political upheaval. The themes are grand and sweeping: the madness of war and politics, the frenzy of mass movements, and the cult of personality. The oversize personality at the center of this novel is Napoleon (although it could easily be Hitler or Mussolini). Roth brings the idolization and hero worship of this leader beautifully to life through the eyes of a wonderful fictional creation: Angelina, a simple country girl who works in the Imperial Palace as a maid and washerwoman. She loves Napoleon above all else, and the author explores the human cost of this young woman's deep and tragic love. The trajectory of the novel addresses Angelina's misplaced hero worship, gradually transforming Napoleon from a god to a defeated general at Waterloo. Roth has filled this novel with his gorgeous, trademark descriptive writing. VERDICT A tender, heartbreaking novel about living in the modern world; recommended for fans of literary fiction.—Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811222785
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Joseph Roth (1894-1939) has been admired by J. M. Coetzee, Cathleen Schine, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joseph Brodsky, and Nadine Gordimer, among others. His noted works include The Radetzky March, The Legend of the Holy Drinker, The Leviathan (his final work, published posthumously after Roth’s untimely death at the age of 44) and the anthology The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth.

Richard Panchyk is the author, editor, or translator of over twenty books.

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