Drunkenness

A precise, and concise, description from Joseph Roth, in The Radetzky March, of how it feels to be drunk: Lieutenant Trotta did not budge.  He could remember that his father had recently arrived, and he understood that it wasn’t this father, but a whole bunch of fathers that were standing in front of him.  ButContinue reading “Drunkenness”

Joseph Roth on dying, and living

A reflection from Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March on how life – and death – has changed since 1914: In the years before the Great War, at the time the events chronicled in these pages took place, it was not yet a matter of indifference whether a man lived or died. When someone was expungedContinue reading “Joseph Roth on dying, and living”