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Der Stumme Prophet by Joseph Roth
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Jun 23, 09

bookshelves: german-literature

I found it, although it is a fictionalization of a historical person's life, of a significant, controversial, almost mythical person, rather simple and light. The narrative flows with a chraracter presented as usually being detached from a very turbulent era and country, althought he was one of the protagonists, who changed the course of history. Maybe this was the secret of his grandeur, leading in action mostly, and secondly in intellectual activity.
The description of historical facts is diminished to minimum; the personal and emotional life of the hero prevails over an impersonal description of movements, action, revolutions, diplomatic and royal intrigues. His relations are depicted vividly, captivating, sometimes only, the imagination. A melancholic tone, of a past epoch, that has gone for ever, make the reading nostalgic.

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