JOSEPH 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 later died in poverty. 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.