'The White Cities collects fifteen years of incomparable reportage... What Roth sees is always arresting, often atrocious,
usually absurd... A "journalism" which is equal parts Baudelaire, Dickens and Kafka' Scotland on SundayJOSEPH ROTH (1894-1939)
was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan, tolerant and doomed Central European culture that flourished in the dying days
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Born into a Jewish family in Galicia, on the eastern edge of the empire, he was a prolific
political journalist and novelist. On Hitler's assumption of power, he was obliged to leave Germany for Paris, where he died
in poverty a few years later. His books include What I Saw, Job, The White Cities, The String of Pearls and The Radetzky March,
all published by Granta Books.
MICHAEL HOFMANN is the highly acclaimed translator of Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen,
Kafka and Brecht, and the author of several books of poems and book of criticism. He has translated nine previous books by
Joseph Roth. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.