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La marcha Radetzky (Von Trotta Family #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,685 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
A través del ejemplo de la familia Trotta, vinculada al emperador Francisco José de manera casi legendaria, Joseph Roth describe la decadencia austrohúngara y las condiciones sociales de su país, en el siglo XVIII. La novela narra la historia de tres generaciones: el fundador de la dinastía salva la vida al joven emperador durante la batalla de Solferino, su hijo se convie ...more
Paperback, Pocket/Edhasa, 106, 352 pages
Published August 28th 1999 by Edhasa (first published 1932)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 31, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“That was how things were back then. Anything that grew took its time growing, and anything that perished took a long time to be forgotten. But everything that had once existed left its traces, and people lived on memories just as they now live on the ability to forget quickly and emphatically.”


There are eras when time seems to stand still and the period before the beginning of World War I was one of those times for the Austro-Hungarian empire. The empire was in decline, but not yet aware that
Richard Derus
Jun 26, 2012 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Book Report: The book description from Amazon is unusually cryptic. It says:
The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth's classic saga of the privileged von Trotta family, encompasses the entire social fabric of the Austro-Hungarian Empire just before World War I. The author's greatest achievement,The Radetzky Marchis an unparalleled portrait of a civilization in decline, and as such, a universal story for our times.”

My Review: The Trotta family, beneficiaries of the gratitude of the
Jan 01, 2012 William1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to single out The Radetzky March as my favorite book of 2011. It is the story of the fall of the Austrian Empire as reflected in the fortunes of the Trotta family through three generations. Our story largely centers around young Carl Joseph von Trotta of the third generation and his father, the District Captain of W. To get to that story, however, Roth compresses into the first 35 pages or so, a beautifully patterned and nuanced story of Carl Joseph's forebears. That is, first the story o ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Szplug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 29, 2014 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe, bechdel-fail
It's very difficult to describe the pitch of this book, its approach to the military and administrative life of the Austro-Hungarian empire in the years before WWI. I'm tempted to use the word 'camp', which Susan Sontag delineates as 'failed seriousness'. It is not quite satire, because it is too sincere, but it is certainly not serious in the sense except in its pathetic, touching sincerity. All of the Trottas and almost everyone else in the book has this quality. The significant exception is t ...more
Jul 03, 2012 knig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Well. What can I say? If the world were split into meat and two veg on the one hand, and love pudding on the other, you’d need to be of the former, dangling garden variety to appreciate the Radetzky March, fully: with a Virginia sticking out of your mouth, perhaps.

Barracks, guns, uniforms, wars, duels of honour, brothels, male on male love- ins (true friendship, people, only that!), absence of any female characters (unless they are the wives of Colonels looking for a little diversion during the
Jan 18, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heartstopping
So..I mean...
I'm as surprised as you are.

My particular edition of this book, a 1974-yellowed Penguin Modern Classics edition with pages falling out, boasts what is perhaps the most boring back summary ever written:
Grandfather, son and grandson are equally dependent on the [Austro-Hungarian] empire, it begins, the first for his ennoblement; the second for the civil virtues that make him a meticulous servant of admini...oh wait....did everyone STOP READING??! Well I DON'T FRICKIN BLAME YOU this
One of many endorsements that lured me to this, Brodsky's remark that "there is a poem on every page of Roth's" has the ironic effect of making Roth sound like a prose writer prone to elaborate poetic digressions, though, at least in this novel, he's relentlessly focused and economical. By 'poems' Brodsky means imagery whose sharp cut and compression, whose organic and abrupt strangeness ideally fits the swiftness of Roth's narration:

The officers went about like incomprehensible worshippers of
May 04, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
There is a lot said about the gifted but unappreciated, the genius who dies without recognition, or the capable man who never fulfils his potential. Are these tragedies? Perhaps. But I’ve often thought the greater sadness, the bigger tragedy, is the simple man, or more specifically, the mediocre man, elevated, despite his lack of abilities, beyond his appropriate station. How does the unimaginative man, the middling man, who has little of worth to offer, approach a world that expects something w ...more
May 23, 2016 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: haruspices
Shelves: own, fiction

When I picked this up at a sidewalk sale, I'd heard of it, and its author, but several novelists named Roth were swirling around in my head (not Philip, I know him well). For example, I didn't know Henry from Joseph. Maybe those were the only two swirling.

Joseph Roth was a Jewish Austrian, born in East Galicia in 1894. He served in the Habsburg army in the First World War; who knows, perhaps that's why he already looked like an old man at age 26:

He lived and worked in Vienna and Berlin, and when
May 28, 2009 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading consecutively Nabokov's Ada and then Beckett's Molloy and Malone Dies, it was very nice to fall back into a book where the prose is so restrained, so gently laid down, so musical, so functional while still, in each paragraph, maintaining lovely poetic arcs. This was a slow, elegiac novel about the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian empire through the experiences of the Trotta family, a dynasty that came into being when the progenitor saved the Kaiser's life by chance at the Bat ...more
Es mi primer Joseph Roth y me alegro de haber comenzado por La marcha Radetzky (1932), uno de los hitos de la narrativa en lengua alemana. Joseph Roth era tan autocrítico que, al terminar esta novela, no estaba satisfecho con el resultado, y ni siquiera su buen amigo Stefan Zweig logró convencerle de que había escrito una obra maestra.

Joseph Roth es tan buen escritor que consigue que brille un personaje que solo aparece cuatro veces en toda la novela; un personaje que carga en sus espaldas el p
4.5 stars - a fine book, often moving, albeit sometimes to the point of melodrama - flashes of modernist brilliance, but at times quite conventional -- occasionally one can sense Roth is striving for effect, sometimes achieving it brilliantly, sometimes... not quite... an important treatment of the death of the Austo-Hungarian Empire.
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really admire the craftsmanship manifest in the disciplined writing of Roth in this work. The writing is vivid and each sentence is densely packed with focused editing so that the narrative reads much as a military march by, say, Sousa would play. The story concerns three generations of military men rebelling against a mediocre fate, beginning with heroism at the Battle of Solferino and culminating in the final days of the great Hapsburg Empire. The novel is about the relationship of these mil ...more
Justin Evans
Jul 16, 2011 Justin Evans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Pretty good, but I'm surprised by the universal praise that gets lavished on it. H. Bloom says it "stands with the best of Thomas Mann." Um.... no, it doesn't come anywhere near that. Maybe I just came in with the wrong expectations. For some reason I was expecting some high modernism; what I got was some pretty solid realism with occasionally beautiful images and analogies, the odd philosophical aside and some use of the present tense. Thomas Mann? Er, no.

I'm also willing to believe that I sho
"He saw the golden radiance streaming from the procession and he did not hear the dark beating of the vultures' wings. For they were already circling over the two-headed eagle of the Habsburgs-vultures-, the eagle's brotherly foes."
Mi sono ritrovata immalinconita e rattristata alla fine di questo romanzo, che più che una storia è un’atmosfera, un lento sfiorire, un appassire senza neanche aver vissuto. L’agonia di un mondo che non era né equo, né auspicabile, ma che aveva, tuttavia, una sua intrinseca bellezza, per la quale non è disdoro provare una punta di rammarico.

Vivissimo il dolore e l’inadeguatezza dei personaggi, che pagano a caro prezzo l’essere dovuti essere diversi da se stessi in un momento in cui non c’era più
Apr 14, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I had to give this book three stars because, in spite of an intriguing plot and felicitous design, it has a very serious flaw. The flaw is in Roth’s portrayal of his central characters. Most of them, to borrow E.M. Forster’s typology, are flat, meaning they’re predictable and never evolve beyond a two-dimensional shell. Carl Joseph and his father are prime examples. Nothing they do is indicative of full-blooded human beings. It’s almost impossible to have any sympathy for them. Frau von Taussig ...more
James Murphy
Feb 02, 2010 James Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a reread, first read about 1983. And underappreciated at that time. I say that because I loved this reading. The Radetzky March is a novel about decline, the decline of a family paralleled by the quiet death of the Hapsburg Empire. The Trotta family members, whose story this is, serve the Emperor Francis Joseph in civil and military capacities. Their story is his and the empire's story, his degeneration is their degeneration. Several traits give this novel its strength and endurance ove ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Roth was an Austrian novelist who was born in 1894 and died of chronic alcoholism in Paris in 1939.

This novel begins on a decidedly ironic note when the Kaiser knights a young Austro-Hungarian soldier, Trotta, for allegedly saving the Kaiser’s life, thereby creating a vast gulf between the soldier and his family and friends by lifting him into an aristocracy for which he is not prepared. Moving rather quickly through two more generations, the story begins to linger on the figure of Carl J
“La marcha de Radetzky” de Joseph Roth narra el fin del Imperio austro-húngaro a través de la historia de tres hombres de la misma familia pero de tres generaciones distintas. Es una elegía a un mundo que desapareció definitivamente con el estallido de la primera guerra mundial, el mundo del antiguo régimen, cuyas costumbres y mentalidad también quedaron totalmente anihilados. En esta novela, la Historia en mayúscula va entretejida magistralmente con la historia particular de estos tres hombres, ...more
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
La maturazione della fascinazione per La Marcia di Radetzky è stata lenta , perché ha seguito l'andamento irregolare di queste spinte contrapposte e l'alternanza sulla scena dei capricci di Joseph, del cerimoniale di Franz e delle incombenze di Francesco Giuseppe. In qualche passaggio, addirittura, Roth mi sembrava dilungarsi davvero troppo su snodi insignificanti della storia, dimenticando di raccontarci la storia, non offrendoci reali spunti di progressione. Poi ho capito che l'azione in sé er ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a damn good book but make sure you read the Michael Hoffmann translation. I started reading a translation by some other dude at first (the yellowish one with horses on the cover and an intro by Nadine Gordimer) and I was like no way this is Joseph Roth's masterpiece, this is real clunky. But then I scored the Michael Hoffmann translation (the reddish one with an old-timey dude in uniform) and all was well -- this book's reputation seemed deserved. Really, anything translated by Michael H ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Coni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Trad Sara Cortesia - Newton Compton*
Ah che capolavoro.
Ah come mi manca l'impero austro-ungarico.
Ah come sono ignorante in storia europea di fine ottocento e inizio novecento.
Che è comunque uno dei periodi più gustosi, perché si sente proprio che qualcosa sta cambiando, è la nostra origine, è l'origine del nostro mondo tecnologico e "globalizzato".

Questo librino non è un affresco storico. Non solo.
È la storia di un disfacimento. Di una cesura della storia, della vita, della realtà.
L'Europa di pr
Trentottesimo GdL della Stamberga (

Lunedì 1 - domenica 7 febbraio: Capitoli 1-6
Lunedì 8 - domenica 14: Capitoli 7-11
Lunedì 15 - domenica 21: Capitoli 12-17
Lunedì 22 - domenica 28: Capitoli 18-Epilogo
Jul 17, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
The Radetzky March is a 1932 novel by Joseph Roth which shows us the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire via the story of the Trotta family. There were a few things I had to look up right away, one of them being the author and the other the march, I wanted to see if there was a "Radetsky March". I'll start with the author. Joseph Roth was an Austrian-Jewish journalist and novelist, best known for The Radetzky March, his novel of Jewish life, Job , and his essay "Juden auf Wanderschaf ...more
Un mondo antico, immobile, cristallizzato, inesorabilmente destinato al totale disfacimento. È il mondo narrato da Joseph Roth ne “La marcia di Radetzky”, pagina fondamentale sulla “finis Austriae”, la dissoluzione dell’ultimo impero ottocentesco.

Durante la battaglia di Solferino,
il sottotenente Trotta salva la vita al giovane imperatore Francesco Giuseppe e viene pertanto decorato e nominato barone. Questo fatto rappresenta un punto di svolta nella vita del giovane, originario di un paesino d
Sep 25, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I checked out "Radetzkymarsch" from the library from a sense of obligation; it's considered one of the ten best German-language novels of the 20th century, up there with Thomas Mann. (I had avoided it thinking it was one of those Strauss waltz and Kaffee mit Schlag sentimental Viennese confections.) Well, I fell in love with it, was moved to tears more than once, and I'm still not quite sure what happened exactly in the plot line. The book follows three generations of Slovenian-Austrian men, the ...more
Joseph Roth's novel takes its name from a march by Johann Strauss Senior who composed the rollicking tune, and a hundred years ago you could hear it in market towns the length and breadth of the Empire. The story follows the destiny of a family of humble Slovenian origins who rise to prominence through valor on the battlefield. Ennobled by the Emperor, the Trottas become part of the establishment, but by this stage, the cosmopolitan empire is beginning to come apart at the seams. The author's ab ...more
Emre Uysal
Aug 23, 2015 Emre Uysal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
avusturya-macaristan imparatorluğu nezdinde bir döneme egemen olmuş çok uluslu imparatorlukların yıkılışı,avrupa'nın siyasi,toplumsal hayatının ve coğrafi sınırlarının değişiminin hikayesi bu.kraliyet ailesi ve o aileye hizmet eden trotta ailesinin üzerinden milliyetçi hareketler,imparatorluğun dağılışı,ilk sosyalist hareketler ve birinci dünya savaşı'nın başlangıcı çok güzel anlatılmış,çok beğendim.
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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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