The Radetzky March
Joseph Roth, Michael Hofmann
‘One of the greatest novels ever written’ Philippe Sands
Roth’s masterpiece: an epic, moving account of the final days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, told through the fortunes of one family.
Set against the doomed splendour of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, The Radetzky March tells the story of the celebrated Trotta family, tracing their rise and fall over three generations. Theirs is a sweeping history of heroism and duty, desire and compromise, tragedy and heartbreak, a story that lasts until the darkening eve of World War One, when all is set to fall apart. Rich, epic and profoundly moving, The Radetzky March is Joseph Roth’s timeless masterpiece.
‘For sheer, epic sweep, I love reading The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth, set in imperial Vienna. I can’t recommend it highly enough’ Jeremy Paxman
‘Timeless… I re-read this book every two or three years, captivated anew by its low-key melancholia and its wry take on the human predicament’ William Boyd, Mail on Sunday
‘He saw, he listened, he understood. The Radetzky March is a dark, disturbing novel of eccentric beauty… If you have yet to experience Roth, begin here, and then read everything’ Irish Times
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