Now in paperback, Napoleon’s return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth
Joseph Roth paints a vivid portrait of Emperor Napoleon’s last grab at glory, the hundred days spanning his escape from Elba to his final defeat at Waterloo. This particularly poignant work, set in the first half of 1815 and largely in Paris, is told from two perspectives, that of Napoleon himself and that of the lowly, devoted palace laundress Angelicaan unlucky creature who deeply loves him. In The Hundred Days, Roth refracts the deep sorrow of their intertwined fates.
Roth’s signature lyrical elegance and haunting atmospheric details sing in The Hundred Days. “There may be,” as James Wood has stated, “no modern writer more able to combine the novelistic and the poetic, to blend lusty, undamaged realism with sparkling powers of metaphor and simile.”
|Publisher:||New Directions Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Joseph Roth (1894-1939) was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan culture that flourished in the dying days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He published several books and articles before his untimely death at the age of 44. Roth’s writing has been admired by J. M. Coetzee, Jeffrey Eugenides, Elie Wiesel, and Nadine Gordimer, among many others.
Richard Panchyk has published twenty-three books, including translations of three Joseph Roth novels: The Antichrist, The Hundred Days, and Perlefter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set during Napoleon's 100 Days and concerning the emperor himself, and one of his washerwomen, this is quite a change from Roth's more typical novels set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mostly in the Austrian Empire or its remnants. The Hundred Days is much more internalized than is common for Roth, and thus either more slowly moving or much faster, depending on one's tastes. Napoleon is the central character, and two of the novel's four "books" move almost entirely within Napoleon's thoughts. I prefer the other works, most of which I have read by now, but this too is insightful and well-done.