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The Emperor's Tomb (Von Trotta Family #2)

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A continuation of the saga of the von Trotta family from The Radetzky March, it is both a powerful and moving look at a decaying society and its journey through the War and its devastating aftermath, and the story of the erosion of one man's desperate faith in the virtues of a simple life.
Paperback, 157 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by The Overlook Press (first published 1938)
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Sandra
Apr 27, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitteleuropa
“Dove devo andare, ora, io, un Trotta?....” La Cripta dei Cappuccini diviene non solo il cimitero degli Asburgo, ma il cimitero di un intero mondo.
Dalla prima all’ultima pagina si respira un’atmosfera lugubre. La morte più volte brinda “con le sue ossute mani” sopra i calici da cui la vecchia aristocrazia viennese beve e sopra giacigli notturni in cui si uniscono gli sterili corpi di una nobiltà decaduta, sopravvissuta alla grande guerra ma non allo sfacelo dell’impero, che ha portato con sé la
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Roberto
Mar 06, 2013 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Frequentavo l’allegra, anzi sfrenata compagnia di giovani aristocratici (…). Ne condividevo la scettica leggerezza, la malinconica presunzione, la colpevole ignavia, l’arrogante dissipazione, tutti i sintomi della rovina, di cui ancora non intuivamo l’approssimarsi.”

Francesco Ferdinando Trotta, così chiamato in onore dell'allora erede al trono dell'impero austro-ungarico, racconta la sua storia, che passa attraverso lo smembramento della sua nazione, la Prima Guerra Mondiale e la lenta avanzata
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Marcello
Apr 22, 2015 Marcello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qualche anno fa lessi "Confessioni di un assassino" che non mi comunicò alcuna sensazione. Curioso come certi autori siano (o noi li percepiamo) così ineguali tra un'opera e un'altra.
Di questa, trovo la sua bellezza in diversi aspetti sfuggenti, che posso solo accennare tramite i ricordi e le assonanze che mi hanno suscitato: "Viaggio al termine della notte" di Céline per l'io narrante che attraversa, quasi trasportato e in fondo vinto dagli eventi, i grandi stravolgimenti dell'inizio Novecento;
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Piperitapitta
Jan 15, 2015 Piperitapitta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Requiem per l'aquila che stende le ali sull'impero austroungarico. Requiem per un impero del quale, ormai, sono rimaste solo le ceneri. Requiem per gli scheletri delle carrozze che accompagnavano i signori in giro per la città. Requiem per una Vienna irriconoscibile, che improvvisamente si scopre fragile e sola, non più protetta e innalzata, al di sopra del bene e del male, da ungheresi, boemi, galiziani, polacchi, da ebrei e da cattolici, da artistie e poeti, musicisti, letterati
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Alexandra
Ein literarisches Schmankerl, das vor Ausbruch des ersten Weltkrieges in Wien eine dekadente überhebliche, leichtfertige Adelsschicht beschreibt, die nichts kann und zu nichts nütze ist, außer vielleicht für den Krieg. Nach der "glücklichen" Heimkehr aus einem Weltkrieg, der für die adeligen Offiziere eigentlich gar nicht so schlimm war, kommen der junge Baron und seine Freunde überhaupt nicht mehr mit der veränderten Welt zurecht, sie jammern und philosophieren aber nicht so viel wie diese russ ...more
Ilenia Zodiaco
"Ogni mattina quando aprivamo gli occhi, ogni notte quando ci mettevamo a dormire imprecavamo alla morte, che invano ci aveva attirato alla sua festa grandiosa. E ognuno di noi invidiava i caduti. Riposavano sotto terra e la primavera ventura dalle loro ossa sarebbero nate le violette. Noi invece eravamo tornati a casa disperatamente sterili, coi lombi fiaccati, una generazione votata alla morte, che la morte aveva sdegnato. Il reperto della commissione di arruolamento era irrevocabile. Diceva: ...more
Manuel Gugole
Feb 27, 2015 Manuel Gugole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perdere un mondo, il proprio mondo, che come una vecchia madre, col suo vecchio bastone nero, teneva lontano dai figli il disordine del tempo. E ad essi, impotenti, decadenti, respinti dalla vita e finanche dalla morte, non resta che abbandonarsi ad una pace arida e sospesa che odora di rinuncia.
Luxor
Sep 27, 2014 Luxor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austrohungaros
De nuevo Joseph Roth nos relata la desaparición del Imperio Austrohúngaro desde el punto de vista de otro miembro del clan Trotta, aunque esta vez la narración abarcará desde algunos años previos a la I Guerra Mundial hasta la entrada del nazismo en Europa. "La Cripta de los capuchinos" nos cuenta la historia de Francisco Fernando, miembro de la familia Trotta que, al igual que sus parientes en La Marcha Radetzky, se siente desubicado en la cambiante Centroeuropa de principios del siglo XX y que ...more
Edward
May 05, 2013 Edward rated it liked it
This novel about World War I destroying a Austrian family and a way of life reminded me of another book I read last year about the same topic, THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES. The difference is that HARE, non-fiction, is like looking at the destruction of a way of life through a telescope, covering the decline of five generations of of the Ephrussi family , one of the richest Jewish families in Austria. On the other hand, THE EMPEROR’S TOMB is a magnifying glass, a novel that looks at one family’s coll ...more
Maria Beltrami
Una storia apparentemente semplice racchiude la tragedia, quella con la T maiuscola, quella della Grande guerra, della guerra mondiale che ha distrutto un mondo, una concezione della vita, della politica, della nazionalità, aprendo la strada agli orrori del nazismo e a questo, sciagurato, mondo moderno.
Disperato e struggente.
Roberta
Concludo la saga dei Trotta, iniziata con La marcia di Radetzky.
Se nel primo volume della saga accompagniamo tre generazioni di soldati che si ritrovano nobili perché il nonno ha salvato la vita dell'imperatore, qui incontriamo il ramo borghese della famiglia. Temporalmente non siamo poi così lontani dalla morte dell'ultimo von Trotta, ma la vicenda sembra svolgersi in un altro mondo. Qui siamo a Vienna, poco prima della guerra. Il nostro Trotta, senza il von, deve partire per il fronte. Poco pr
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Bevan
Jul 02, 2016 Bevan rated it it was amazing
This is apparently the last book Joseph Roth wrote and saw in print. In some ways it is a pale reflection of The Radetzky March, Roth's greatest novel. The Granta edition, with the translation by the superb Michael Hofmann, is the one I read. Hofmann has also done a fairly new translation of Radetzky, also published by Granta.

Roth was a man trapped in time, between the collapse of Europe, especially his beloved Dual Monarchy, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the restart of worldwide hostilities
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Elalma
Mar 07, 2016 Elalma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Di questo libro, letto in gioventù, non ricordavo quasi nulla. Forse scorreva veloce perché è scritto in maniera semplice, con frasi brevi e di effetto. Eppure non è un libro per giovani, perché è pieno di rimpianto, di incapacità di adattarsi a un mondo completamente cambiato. Come fa un giovane a capire che "non avevo paura della morte ma di un ufficio, di un notaio, del direttore delle poste"? E' un libro per la maturità, perché non c'è il fermento dell'uomo nuovo novecentesco, pur senza qual ...more
Sini
May 15, 2015 Sini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De laatste tijd ben ik helemaal verslaafd aan Joseph Roth. Laatst nog herlas ik juichend en jubelend zijn meesterlijke "Radetzkymars", meteen daarna herlas ik "De Kapucijner crypte" dat daar een prachtig vervolg op is. Melancholieker en schrijnender dan "Radetzkymars", ook meer doordesemd van wanhopige spot tegen de moderne tijd: "Radetzkymars" wordt op vrij serene en beheerste wijze verteld door een alwetende verteller, terwijl "De Kapucijner crypte" wordt verteld door een ik- figuur, die zich ...more
Mr.
Oct 07, 2008 Mr. rated it it was ok
Joseph Roth's `The Emperor's Tomb' is a curious work of nostalgia about the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the reconstruction of modern Austria through the eyes of a single individual. Unfortunately, one gets the impression that Roth's prose never really gets through in translation as the English remains are often clunky and awkward. Additionally, the novel is filled with unremarkable scenes of peasant life which fail to capture any of the idealism that Roth was apparently striving ...more
Joerg
Apr 07, 2010 Joerg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Für mich das Roth-Highlight. Ein melancholisch-kakanophiler Leckerbissen, in dem Joseph Roth auch gleich die Antwort auf die Frage nach dem Untergang der k.u.k. Monarchie mitliefert: Die Monarchie räumte den Slawen zuwenig Rechte ein, gleichzeitig besiegelten die Deutschtümler mit ihrer "Wacht am Rhein" (ab Linz westwärts) statt dem "Gott Erhalte" endgültig den Untergang.
Österreich war nie eine Nation, Österreich war die erste und bisher einzige Übernation. Etwa Pole zu sein UND Österreicher war
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Anna Chiara
Apr 06, 2016 Anna Chiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning I was really intrigued by the title of this book, believing it was a thriller. Wrong. It is actually a mixture of genres, combined with a soft and elegant narrative style. Personally, I am always fascinated by stories from 1st and 2nd World War; this is certainly the case, but is also the accurate fresco of an entire lost generation, narrated with keenness and agility. First, the legacy of the main character, who speak in first person, to the "old" generation of young man from v ...more
Harald
Michael Hofmann's translations have helped to revive interest in the Austrian-Jewish author Joseph Roth, who had a tremendous output of books, one of them an international bestseller, over a period of twenty years between 1919 and 1939. The "Emperor's Tomb" connects to "The Radetzky March" by having another Trotta as its main character. This Viennese Trotta, however, has maintained ties to his Slovene roots and even develops a close friendship to a Jewish cab driver in East Galicia (now Ukraine) ...more
Wouter Hk
May 01, 2014 Wouter Hk rated it really liked it
Joseph Roth, 'De kapucijner crypte

Heimwee naar een verloren vaderland
Een verhaal over een man die zijn vaderland verliest en zichzelf daardoor thuisloos voelt, dat kan niet anders dan van de hand van Joseph Roth (1894 - 1939) zijn. In ‘De kapucijner crypte’ blikt Roth met ongeveinsde heimwee terug op de tenondergegane Oostenrijks-Hongaarse Dubbelmonarchie en beschrijft deze ondergang vanaf het begin van het einde.

‘De kapucijner crypte’ is de laatste roman die Joseph Roth schreef voor zijn dood e
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Alba LG
Feb 07, 2015 Alba LG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"La variopinta allegrezza della città capitale e residenza imperiale si nutriva molto chiaramente – mio padre l'aveva detto tante volte – del tragico amore dei paesi della Corona per l'Austria: tragico, perché eternamente non ricambiato. "
Patrdr
May 19, 2014 Patrdr rated it it was amazing
This was Roth's last book. I thought it was very fine though some reviewers felt it was incomplete and at under 200 pages it is at times like a mere outline of a life, a sequence of brief sketches.

The Emperor's Tomb runs in parallel with The Radetzky March and follows another member of the Trotta family, Franz Ferdinand, a young Viennese man, young when WWI breaks out. His Slovenian father has been successful in America and returns to Austria. Franz lives a lazy existence, meeting with friends
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Barbara
Aug 29, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book from a friends bookshelf while visiting in Germany. My first encounter with Joseph Roth. Brilliant, cynical, tragic, must read more of his novels. ...more
Mimi
Jun 17, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a short novella, continuation of The Radetzky March, which I will now have to reread. The style is terse and ironic, and sad.
Alexandra
Ein literarisches Schmankerl, das vor Ausbruch des ersten Weltkrieges in Wien eine dekadente überhebliche, leichtfertige Adelsschicht beschreibt, die nichts kann und zu nichts nütze ist, außer vielleicht für den Krieg. Nach der "glücklichen" Heimkehr aus einem Weltkrieg, der für die adeligen Offiziere eigentlich gar nicht so schlimm war, kommen der junge Baron und seine Freunde überhaupt nicht mehr mit der veränderten Welt zurecht, sie jammern und philosophieren aber nicht so viel wie diese russ ...more
Alessandro
Nov 15, 2015 Alessandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roth, romanzi-storici
Un libro che racconta il crollo di un mondo, l'Impero AustroUngarico, attraverso le vicende di Francesco Ferdinando Trotta, rampolla di una famiglia di origine slovena di recente nobiltà (la cui origine è raccontata ne "La marcia di Radetzky").
Anche se la storia non è semplicissima, nè particolarmente appassionante, il libro si può leggere abbastanza agevolmente essendo diviso in capitoletti piuttosto brevi (in alcuni casi, l'incipit di un capitolo riprende la frase finale del precendente, ma c
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Ileen
Sicuramente questo genere di libri non è il mio forte. La lettura di questo libro nasce da un errore: il titolo mi ha fatto immaginare un giallo, alla Ellis Peters. Quando mi sono resa conto che mi ero sbagliata era tardi. Tanto valeva finire di leggerlo. In realtà non è che mi sia fatta un parere negativo, tutt’altro, solo non me ne sono fatta nessuno. Io non sono un’amante di libri sulla guerra, o in odore di, ma questo fortunatamente non è stato un problema per la mia sconsiderata, vergognosa ...more
Lysergius
Feb 17, 2016 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Roth's last work, this is a tale of loss and resignation. Covering a period from before WWI to the collapse of the liberal post war Austrian government it chronicles another chapter in the life of the Trotta family. It is difficult to imagine the changes that took place in Austria in the four years of the war, from seat of empire to bankrupt little statelet, all glory gone, all nobility perished.

This is a poignant and moving book.
Kat
Jun 06, 2013 Kat rated it it was ok
This book, written in the 1930s, gave me my first glimpse of the Austria-Hungary Empire, about which I knew almost nothing. Its main character is a young man who is part of an idle, dissolute elite on the eve of World War I, by the end of the brief novel the war is over, the Empire has been broken up, and the Nazis are on the rise. The book is composed of many short chapters without much in the way of transition, it often jumps forward in time and describes dramatic events in an extremely undram ...more
Al
Jun 24, 2013 Al rated it liked it
The companion piece to The Radetzky March.
After the first 75 pages of this short book, I was on my way to awarding it five stars. The insights, the beautiful images, as World War I destroys the decadent peace and complicated ethnic network of the Austro-Hungarian Empire ...even better than The Radetzky March. But about the time that the protagonist, Franz Ferdinand, returns undamaged from WW I, the whole story seemed to come apart and lose its coherence. Perhaps there is a cultural or politic
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Ilya
Oct 24, 2013 Ilya rated it it was ok
This is a sequel to Roth's The Radetzky March, and it is about half as long. It is concerned with a second cousin of the hero of the first novel, a Viennese law student who also fights the Russians in Eastern Galicia in the fall of 1914, but is captured rather than killed, and transported to Vyatka, which "lies deep in Siberia, on the river Lena." Coming back to Vienna after the war, he discovers that his wife is in a lesbian relationship with a craftswoman, whose business exporting objets d'art ...more
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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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“I believe that my observations have always led me to find that the so-called realist moves about the world with a closed mind, ringed as it were with concrete and cement, and that the so-called romantic is like an unfenced garden in and out of which truth can wander at will.” 10 likes
“Es ist eines der Geheimnisse der Muetter: sie verzichten niemals, ihre Kinder wiederzusehn, ihre totgeglaubten nicht und auch nicht ihre wirklich toten; und wenn es moeglich waehre dass ein totes Kind wiederauferstuende vor seiner Mutter, wuerde sie es in ihre Arme nehmen, so selbstverstaendlich, als waere es nicht aus dem Jenseits sondern aus einem der fernen Gegenden des Diesseits heimgekehrt. Eine Mutter erwarted die Wiederkehr ihres Kindes immer: ganz gleichgueltig, ob es in ein fernes Land gewandert ist, in ein nahes oder den Tod.” 1 likes
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