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The Coral Merchant
Essential Stories
By (author): Joseph Roth Translated by: Ruth Martin
9781782275978 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Nov 10, 2020
$24.00 CAD
Active 4.75 x 6.48 x 0.71 in | 0.45 lb 256 pages Steerforth Press Pushkin Collection
New translations of the six greatest short stories by Joseph Roth, collected in a beautiful edition

Joseph Roth’s sensibility—both clear-eyed and nostalgic, harshly realistic and tenderly humane—produced some of the most distinctive fiction of the twentieth century. This collection of his most essential stories, in exquisite new translations by Ruth Martin, showcases the astonishing range and power of his short stories and novellas.

In prose of aching beauty and precision, Roth shows us isolated souls pursuing lost ideals and impossible desires. Forced to remove a bust of the fallen Austrian emperor from his house, an eccentric old count holds a funeral for it and intends to be buried in the same plot himself; a humble coral merchant, dissatisfied with his life and longing for the sea, chooses to adulterate his wares with false coral, with catastrophic results; young Fini, just entering the haze of early sexuality, falls into an unsatisfying relationship with an older musician. With the greatest craft and sensitivity, Roth unfolds the many fragilities of the human heart.

Fresh translations of classic stories that are now mostly out of print in English

Translated by the acclaimed Ruth Martin, who has selected a compelling mixture of old and new, famous and little-known stories

Stunning new Pushkin Collection edition

Contains six stories: Career (1920); The Blind Mirror (1925); The Rich House Opposite (1928); The Bust of the Emperor (1935); The Leviathan (1938); The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1939)

Joseph Roth was born into a Jewish family in the small town of Brody in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. He studied first in Lemberg and then in Vienna, and served in the Austrian army during World War I. He went on to work as a journalist, travelling widely, staying in hotels and living out of suitcases, while also being a prolific writer of fiction, including the novels Job (1930) and The Radetzky March (1932). Roth left Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933 and settled in Paris, where he died in 1939.

Author Residence: Paris, France (deceased)

Author Hometown: Brody, Poland

Publicity: Widespread US publicity outreach including dedicated US mailing

DRC to be made available via NetGalley and Edelweiss

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‘One of the greatest writers of the first half of the tormented 20th century’ — Simon Schama, Financial Times 

’Roth is Austria’s Chekhov’—William Boyd

’Joseph Roth is counted among the great novelists of the twentieth century’TLS

‘What Roth sees and hands on is a unique essence, conveying the fragility of what is truly human in us, the ridiculous and the tragic’ — Nadine Gordimer

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