Hotel Savoy

Joseph Roth

Published: 28 June 2000
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 133 pages
ISBN: 9781862073777

Translated by John Hoare


'"A pity," says Abel Glanz, "it was a good hotel."'

Gabriel Dan is a former soldier in the Austrian Army who returns from a Siberian prison camp some time after the First World War. He arrives in an unnamed eastern town at the gates of Europe and lodges in the huge Hotel Savoy. The owner is absent, and the guests are odd, deranged, longing for salvation, dreaming of a release from the unbearable tensions of their lives. A former citizen who has made his fortune in the USA is rumoured to be on his way home - and murder and chaos ensue.

Written in 1923, Hotel Savoy is a dark, witty parable of Europe in the shadow of fascism and war: this is Roth at his best.

About the author

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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 and he died in poverty in Paris. His novels include What I Saw, The Legend of the Holy Drinker, Right and Left, The Emperor's Tomb, The String of Pearls and The Radetzky March, all published by Granta Books. More about the author

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