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. The poet Michael Hofmann has won numerous prizes for his German translations. The poet Michael Hofmann has won numerous prizes for his German translations.
"There is a poem on every page of Joseph Roth." -- Joseph Brodsky "Nonstop brilliance, irresistible charm and continuing relevance." -- Jeffrey Eugenides - New York Times Book Review "A singular achievement of both journalism and literature, a travel guide composed by a...poet who captured a city at its most cosmopolitan-and on the brink of collapse." -- Thane Rosenbaum - Washington Post Book World