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The Antichrist

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While the rest of Joseph Roth's oeuvre has been made available to the English-speaking world in recent years, this new translation by Richard Panchyk - a distant relative of Roth - will redress the historical absence of such a key, neglected work in the Roth canon. Roth penned and published The Antichrist during the first years of his exile from his homeland, and an Englis ...more
ebook, 190 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1934)
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Jan 21, 2011 Jr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew nothing about Joseph Roth prior to reading a small blurb about this book. On that brief glimpse, I decided it was worth bumping this title to the top of my To-Read queue. I am glad I did.

Composed of equal parts philosophy, cultural observation, autobiographical information, loose theological thought, journalistic essay, and neurosis, this detailed book laments the decline of the modern world. The narrative splits between fiction and non-fiction spanning roughly 30 years in the early 20th
Cooper Renner
I like Joseph Roth a lot, but this "novel" is not really a novel, no matter how Roth himself spoke of it. It's instead a fictionalized setting for a jeremiad against the various evils conspiring to destroy the world in 1934: capitalism, communism, anti-semitism, materialism, atheism, false Christianity, Nazism. Roth makes many points I agree with, but the approach moves me not at all, that of a journalist working for, then separating himself from, the "master of a thousand tongues". Roth's ficti ...more
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Jun 07, 2013 Paul Adkin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Antichrist is a kind of inverted allegory. Inverted because, whereas the traditional allegory takes a realistic event to symbolise an ethical, religious or philosophical message, Joseph Roth has created a religious, Christian odyssey in order to reveal the material, human condition. But in a lot of ways his book is like the Pilgrim's Progress. This is one of those books that is so Christian it undermines the Christian church and leaves it tottering, in the same way Tolstoy's Ressurection doe ...more
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Good writer, small mind.
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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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