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The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
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Sep 28, 2010

it was amazing
Read in September, 2010

Set in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, just before World War I, the imminent dissolution of the empire is mirrored in the fortunes of a career military family, whom we follow over three generations. The seemingly immutable regime of Kaiser Franz Joseph is manifested in the (to current eyes) almost comical rigidity of the military life, though ultimately even the most constricted characters feel love and loss.
Really very moving and the fact that its German-Jewish author fled permanently to Paris within months of the book's publication, on the occasion of Hitler's accession to the Chancellery, lends another dimension to the exploration of loss and ambiguous look at imperial power.
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