Who am I?
Why did Hugh love this book?
A touching and sympathetic biography of one of Europe’s greatest twentieth-century writers, best known as the author of The Radetzky March, and an essential introduction to his other novels (too little read in English).
We follow Roth as he flits between Europe’s cultural centres, his melancholy mood tracking the decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire. With Pim as our guide, it is impossible not to sense the fragile state of more contemporary political unions, as Roth’s plight in a way becomes our own.