Tarabas

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A powerful fable set in the early days of the Russian Revolution, Tarabas is the story of a Russian peasant who learns in his youth from a gypsy that it is his destiny to be both a murderer and saint. It is Roth's special gift that, in Tarabas's fulfillment of his tragic destiny, the larger movements of history find their perfect expression in the fate of one man.

Author Biography: Joseph Roth was born in 1894 in a small Galician town on the eastern borders of the Hapsburg ...

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Overview

A powerful fable set in the early days of the Russian Revolution, Tarabas is the story of a Russian peasant who learns in his youth from a gypsy that it is his destiny to be both a murderer and saint. It is Roth's special gift that, in Tarabas's fulfillment of his tragic destiny, the larger movements of history find their perfect expression in the fate of one man.

Author Biography: 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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An outsize figure in the mode of folklore, protagonist Nicholas Tarabas fills the entire narrative space of this novel, first published in 1934, one of a large legacy of works left on the author's death in 1939, at the age of 45, while in exile from Hitler's Germany. In a series of quick strokes, Tarabas leaves school to join a revolutionary group in czarist Russia; is sent to America by his outraged father; returns to join the army when war is declared in 1914; and gains a fearful reputation for ``bravery'' indistinguishable from brutality. After the Revolution, events move with jarring rapidity as he becomes involved in village life. When an apparition of the Virgin appears, the mesmerized and maddened peasants set fire to Jewish homes and shops, and suddenly the viciously anti-Semitic Tarabas, having by an act of insane cruelty torn the beard from the synagogue sexton's face, repents in an ecstasy of remorse, and by way of atonement, becomes a penitent, a beggar adrift on the road. A Dostoyevskian transformation indeed, one among a number of magical changes and abrupt transitions before Tarabas is forgiven by the sexton so that he may die in peace. Flaws and mystical epiphanies notwithstanding, this prophetic work written just when the Nazis come to power is a welcome addition to the posthumous oeuvre and Roth's growing reputation.(September 7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783847260400
  • Publisher: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Publication date: 5/14/2012
  • Language: German
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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