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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 273 pages
Published August 31st 1987 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 1934)
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘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
David Núñez
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.
Cooper Renner
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!)
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
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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