Report From a Parisian Paradise: Essays from France, 1925-1939
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Report From a Parisian Paradise: Essays from France, 1925-1939

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At one time an underground hero in the world of journalism, with prose on a par with Tolstoy and Kafka, Joseph Roth now looms large in the pantheon of European literature. Indeed, the last five years have seen a major Roth revival culminating in Report from a Parisian Paradise, a haunting epitaph by the greatest foreign correspondent of his age. An exile in Paris, Roth cap...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published December 2003)
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This was a follow-on from Joseph Roth's book, "What I Saw," his observations from Berlin from 1920-23. He left Germany because of the things he saw going on there, and moved to France, which he found to be a free and enlightened paradise in comparison. It's a total pleasure to read his delightful observations about France, where he enjoyed a quality of life that was disappearing in Germany. In his writing, he moves from city to city and describes each of them and his joy in being there. But he c...more
The articles in this collection originally appeared in newspapers in Germany, and it's telling that they're called "essays" for the sake of this collection. German newspaper writing still tends to be more dense and erudite than American newspaper writing, but the idiosyncratic style and high-mindedness of these articles would not fly even in German papers today. As a state of the art of journalism between the world wars, then, this collection is quite interesting.

The title is somewhat of a misno...more
Giuliana Chamedes
despite the awful title, this book is absolutely outstanding.
roth is an exceptional writer, able to seamlessly meld hard-hitting philosophical reflections with lyrical descriptions of day-to-day reality. these short essays are somewhere between a travel diary and a newspaper article (roth earned his living as a journalist). the essays are also extraordinary historical documents chronicling (albeit indirectly) roth's escape to france and his reflections on his native germany. i would recommend t...more
Jon Shaw
Interesting to see a German perspective of France at a time when Germany was gearing up to go to war with France. Also, to see his initial amazement at the freedom of France begin to be dampened by the harsh realities was informative.
Deb Oestreicher
Terribly sad: the articles of a man who sees what's happening and what's coming (the rise of the Third Reich and the war) and can't tear his eyes away--also, can't get over the blindness of others.
Aug 18, 2010 R. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Wow - much more than a travel narrative, written by an unrepentant and civilized European who watched his world drift into the abyss.
Oct 12, 2010 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Recommended by a member of Journalist's Top Reads. This is one of my favorite eras in history, so I'm looking forward to this...
The most beautiful writing about the most beautiful country of them all: France, one most essential read.
nobody reads this but maybe everybody should. like eatin yer spinach.
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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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