Radetzkymarsch (Von Trotta Family #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The officers went about like incomprehensible worshippers of...more
I'm also willing to believe that I sho ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I am developing a minor obsession with the literature of the 19th and early 20th century Hapsburg Empire, and I can't quite put my finger on why, or how it started, unless it was when I read about Robert Musil in Philip Ball's amazing Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another. Ball's interest was in Musil's unfinished two-volume novel, The Man Without Qualities, and its depiction of a mathematician's dispassion for the world, which doesn't ...more
„Es war dem Bezirkshauptma ...more
Roth describes the calm before the storm (WWI), the nostalgia for a lost past and anxiety about a homeless future can be felt in his eloquently written scenes, in the thoughts of they younger lieutenant Trotta and ...more
Ik had eerst ...more
Il nonno è l'eroe di Solferino, colui che salvò la vita all'imperatore. Per questo Joseph Trotta, soldato comune, viene elevato di classe a Barone von Trotta di Sipolje. Viene ritratto da un amico del figlio e questo quadro diventerà una sorta di reliquia a cui i von Trotta guarderanno nei casi di difficoltà.
The end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as seen through the lives of three generations of the Trotta family. Dramatised by Gregory Evans.
Loved it, now I must read the printed version of this book.
"Si queremos que todo siga como está, necesitamos que todo cambie" decía el Príncipe de Salina en El Gatopardo. Pero mientras que este aceptaba con resignación el fin de una época, los Trotta no son capaces de superar la traumática desaparición del Imperio Austro-Hungaro. Una trágica historia narrada con cierto grado de ironía y no exenta de un patético humor, sobre todo en los personajes de Trotta padre y del Emperador Francisco José I.
Un libro excelente. Deseando leer La Cripta de los Capuchin...more