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A powerful fable set in the early days of the Russian Revolution, Tarabas is the story of a Russian peasant who learns in his youth from a gypsy that it is his destiny to be both a murderer and saint. It is Roth's special gift that, in Tarabas's fulfillment of his tragic destiny, the larger movements of history find their perfect expression in the fate of one man.
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published August 31st 1987 by Overlook Books (first published 1934)
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Edgar Trevizo
Mar 26, 2015 Edgar Trevizo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debió ser un buen hombre, el buen Roth. O un huésped de esta tierra que quiso serlo.

Hay escritores que saben crear historias, estructurarlas, hacerlas brillantes y hay otros que se deleitan en contar historias y se les nota. Roth es de esta última categoría. Esta es otra novela gozosa, llena de la alegría de narrar y llena de poesía, como es costumbre en este fino escritor.
Typisch Roth-verhaal over een aan lager wal geraakte soldaat tijdens WOI, die zijn leven laat bepalen door de waarzeggerij van een zigeunerin (een moordenaar en een heilige zal hij worden) en uiteindelijk mee aan de bakermat staat van 'een nieuwe Baltische staat'. Vol duistere doemdenkerij, gemankeerd heroïsme en onappetijtelijk antisemitisme (hoewel de joden - voor één keer - op het einde het best blijken te lachen). Verouderde vertaling van Nico Rost, goedkope druk.
N.B. Opschrift grafsteen va
Józef Lorski
Sep 23, 2015 Józef Lorski rated it it was ok
Zapragnąłem wrócić do Josepha Rotha. Mam przekonanie, że to pisarz ważny, oryginalny, właściwie wszystkie jego powieści, które dotychczas czytałem, zostawiły we mnie jakiś ślad. To było jednak już dawno. W późniejszym czasie, także dzięki innym lekturom, powróciło do mnie, jeszcze silniejsze niż kiedyś, zainteresowanie schyłkowym okresem monarchii habsburskiej, szczególnie na terenie Galicji, gdzie współistniało obok siebie tyle różnych grup narodowościowych, i zatęskniłem znowu za Rothem. Zaczą ...more
Johann Guenther
Jan 20, 2015 Johann Guenther rated it it was amazing
ROTH, Joseph: „Tarabas – Ein Gast auf dieser Erde“, Zürich 2010
Ein Roman, der zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts handelt und 1934 als antifaschistische Erzählung in Fortsetzungen in einer Zeitung in Frankreich erschienen ist.
Tarabas ist der Sohn reicher Gutsbesitzer in Galizien. Er schließt sich einer revolutionären Organisation an und muss das Land verlassen. Nach mehreren Jahren in New York kehrt er in seine Heimat zurück um für Russland gegen Österreich in den Krieg zu ziehen, wo er einen brutale
Johannes Zappa
Oct 28, 2015 Johannes Zappa rated it really liked it
Roth es sorprendente, un narrador nato.
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jun 09, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
Shelves: librarybooks
‘Here rests Colonel Nikolaus Tarabas: a guest on this earth.’

Tarabas tells the story of the restless life of Colonel Nikolaus Tarabas. Exiled to America by this father, for taking part in anti-Czarist activities, Tarabas becomes jealous over a woman and seriously injures a bar owner in a drunken rage. ‘The hearts of foolish, easily intoxicated people are impenetrable.’

A gypsy has predicted that Tarabas will be both a murderer and a saint. Thinking that the bar owner is dead, Tarabas uses the dec
Apr 25, 2016 James rated it liked it
Read all Joseph Roth on Athenaeum shelves. Sweeping tale of a man's life in Imperial Russia, New York City as an immigrant and back in Soviet Union.
Lorenzo Vargas
Io lo sapevo che Roth era un autore molto maschio, ma non c'è una donna che proferisca parola in tutto il libro. UNA. Boh. A parte questo un sacco di ansia e vodka ed una visione della Russia che mi sembra un po' eccessivamente stereotipata per essere vera.
Cooper Renner
Jul 24, 2012 Cooper Renner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set mostly in Russia during and just after the Russian Revolution, but in some ways feeling closer to folk tale than historical novel, Tarabas is yet another more or less unique entry in Roth's canon: funny, sly, sometimes violent, absurd, "timeless". Clearly related to others of his books set in the years right after World War I, and yet very much itself. The story of a man "destined" to be both a murderer and a saint (according to a gypsy fortune-teller!)
David Nunez
Apr 20, 2015 David Nunez rated it did not like it
This was my first book that I've read from Roth. It was tough for me to get into this story. I thought the story would pick up after Tarabas left home, but that didn't happen. I will probably, eventually read other books by Roth. It's not a long story, but it took me a while to read because I had a hard time of keeping interest in the story, so, I just took my time reading this book.
Feb 14, 2012 julieta rated it liked it
Shelves: europa
Voy a seguir leyendo a Roth porque es una maravilla, siempre hay momentos hermosos, es austero y elegante, me encanta, pero este libro no es de mis favoritos, ni estará en mi lista de mejores, aunque Roth si. No entiendo la onda de tarabas, no me convenció el personaje, no terminé ni de quererlo ni de odiarlo.
Igual amo a Roth!
Jonathan yates
Jun 30, 2011 Jonathan yates rated it really liked it
Starts really slow and then he brings this story places i did not expect it to go, a very compelling book which does as it progresses lose a little bit of focus-however i really liked it and a must read for any Joseph Roth Fan
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Joseph Roth was born and grew up in Brody, a small town near Lemberg in East Galicia, part of the easternmost reaches of what was then Austro-Hungarian empire and is nowadays Ukraine. Roth was born into a Jewish family. He died in Paris, France.
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