9780393325829

What I Saw PA

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393325829

  • ISBN10:

    0393325822

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2004-08-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

What I Saw, like no other existing work, records the violent social and political paroxysms that compromised and ultimately destroyed the precarious democracy that was the Weimar Republic. As if anticipating Christopher Isherwood, the book re-creates the tragicomic world of 1920s Berlin as seen by its greatest journalistic eyewitness. Against the traditional portrayal of Berlin as an entrepot of fun and transport, of government, nightlife, and literary glamour, Joseph Roth's gritty depiction chronicles the lives of the city's forgotten inhabitants: the war cripples, the Jewish immigrants from the Pale, the criminals, the bathhouse denizens, and the nameless dead who filled the morgues. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Joseph Roth (1894-1939) is the author of such classics as The Radetzky March and The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth Michael Hofmann won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize for his translation of Roth's The Tale of the 1002nd Night

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction 11(12)
Part I What I Saw
1 Going for a Walk
23(8)
Part II The Jewish Quarter
2 The Orient on Hirtenstrasse
31(4)
3 Refugees from the East
35(6)
4 Solomon's Temple in Berlin
41(4)
5 Wailing Wall
45(8)
Part III Displaced Persons
6 Nights in Dives
53(10)
7 With the Homeless
63(6)
8 The Steam Baths at Night
69(6)
9 Schiller Park
75(4)
10 The Unnamed Dead
79(6)
Part IV Traffic
11 The Resurrection
85(4)
12 The Ride Past the Houses
89(4)
13 Passengers with Heavy Loads
93(4)
14 Some Reflections on Traffic
97(8)
15 Affirmation of the Triangular Railway Junction
105(6)
Part V Berlin Under Construction
16 Skyscrapers
111(4)
17 Architecture
115(4)
18 The Very Large Department Store
119(6)
19 "Stone Berlin"
125(6)
Part VI Bourgeoisie and Bohemians
20 The Man in the Barbershop
131(104)
21 Richard Without a Kingdom
235
22 The Word at Schwannecke's
142(5)
23 The Kurfurstendamni
147(6)
Part VII Berlin's Pleasure Industry
24 The Philosophy of the Panopticum
153(4)
25 An Hour at the Amusement Park
157(4)
26 The Twelfth Berlin Six-Day Races
161(6)
27 The Conversion of a Sinner in Berlin's UFA Palace
167(4)
28 The Berlin Pleasure Industry
171(8)
Part VIII An Apolitical Observer Goes to the Reichstag
29 The Tour Around the Victory Column
179(4)
30 A Visit to the Rathenau Museum
183(6)
31 Election Campaign in Berlin
189(4)
32 An Apolitical Observer Goes to the Reichstag
193(6)
33 Farewell to the Dead
199(8)
Part IX. Look Back in Anger
34 The Auto-do-Fe of the Mind
207(12)
Credits and Sources 219 (2)
Index 221(4)
About the Author 225(2)
About the Translator 227

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