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The Radetzky March

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Strauss's Radetzky March, signature tune of one of Europe's most powerful regimes, presides over Joseph Roth's account of three generations of the Trotta family in the years preceding the Austro-Hungarian collapse in 1918. Grandfather, son and grandson are equally dependent on the empire: the first for his enoblement; the second for the civil virtues that make him a meticulous servant of an administration whose failure he can neither comprehend nor survive; the third for the family standards of conduct which he cannot attain but against which he is too enfeebled to rebel.

'Sublime ... it inspires a kind of evangelical cult passion among its devotees' Simon Schama

'Roth is Austria's Chekhov' William Boyd

Author: Roth, Joseph, Neugroschel, Joachim

Format: Paperback

Pagination: 368 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Publication Date: 28/01/2016

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