Weights and Measures
Paperback $19.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 27/Nov/2017 - ISBN: 9780241307441
Every man had not only a weak spot but also a criminal one'
Translated by David Le Vay
At his wife's insistence, upstanding citizen and artillery officer Anselm Eibensch3tz leaves his beloved Austro-Hungarian army and takes up a civilian post, as Inspector of Weights and Measures in a remote backwater near the Russian border. At first he does everything by the book, but gradually he finds himself adrift in a world of petty corruption, bribery and drunkenness - and undone by his passion for the beautiful gypsy Euphemia. A haunting evocation of Eastern Europe's borderlands in the early twentieth century, Weights and Measures is also the story of the disintegration of a good man. Joseph Roth was born in 1894 into a Jewish family living in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and now split between Poland and Ukraine. He became a successful journalist and travelled widely, eventually becoming best-known for his novels The Radetzky March (also in Penguin Modern Classics), The Emperor's Tomb and The Legend of the Holy Drinker . He died in Paris in 1939. A short, brilliantly evocative novel set in the bleak eastern European borderlands before the First World War.
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