The Tale of the 1002nd Night

A Novel

Joseph Roth; Translated by Michael Hofmann

St. Martin's Press

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Vienna of the late nineteenth century, with its contrasting images of pomp and profound melancholy, provides the backdrop for Joseph Roth's final novel, which he completed in exile, a few years before his tragic death in 1939. The Tale of the 1002nd Night is a brilliant, allegorical tale of seduction and personal and societal ruin, set amidst exquisite, wistful descriptions of a waning aristocratic age, and provides an essential link to our understanding of Roth's extraordinary fictive powers.

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The Tale of 1002nd Night
1In the spring of the year 18------, the Shah-in-Shah, the great, exalted, and holy monarch, the absolute ruler and overlord of all the lands of Persia, began to feel a sense of malaise of a kind he had never before experienced.The most renowned doctors in his Empire were unable to explain his condition. The Shah-in-Shah was most alarmed.On one of his sleepless nights, he summoned to him his Chief Eunuch, Patominos, who was a wise man and knew the world, for all that he had never left the Court. He spoke to him as follows:"Friend Patominos, I am sick.

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"The Tale of the 1002nd Night is sexy, highly ironic, sophisticated, and funny.... What a wonderful writer! Read him now. Thank me later."
-Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

"[Roth's] books possess an eerie clairvoyant feel; they are shattering in their simplicity, exalting in their moral philosophical weight."
-Melvin Jules Bukiet, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Joseph Roth; Translated by Michael Hofmann

Joseph Roth (1894-1939) worked as a journalist in Vienna and Berlin until Hitler's rise. He then emigrated to Paris, where he died in 1939.

Michael Hoffman is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost translators of works from German to English. He lives in London.

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The Tale of the 1002nd Night
A Novel
Joseph Roth; Translated by Michael Hofmann

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St. Martin's Press
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429980029
ISBN10: 1429980028
272 pages
$7.99
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