Joseph Roth

Ukraine, 1894 - 1939

Joseph Roth was one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, famous for – among other titles – Job (1930) and Radetzky March (1932). His experiences at the eastern front during the First World War marked him for life; they returned in his work and installed in him a deep sense of human dignity and melancholia for his native country. Roth worked as a journalist for the Frankfurter Zeitung; he was loved for his remarkable travel reports and his sharp cultural and literary critiques. In 1933 he fled Nazi Germany and settled in Paris, where he died in poverty.