Joseph Roth's least-known yet most autobiographical novel begins with a dire warning: `The Antichrist has come; so disguised that we...cannot recognize him.' He is in our very midst, cleverly disguised as one of us. It is a race against time as the Antichrist seeks to spread his trickery and to poison the minds of the innocent masses
Roth takes us on a whirlwind journey around the world as he attempts to expose the Antichrist at every turn, in every corner of the globe. Set between 1905 and 1933, the novel begins with the protagonist's first encounter with the Antichrist and then recounts his exploits during the First World War and his subsequent employment as a newspaper reporter for the mysterious and malevolent `Master of a Thousand Tongues'. As our hero J.R. travels on assignment to the Soviet Union, the United States, Germany and elsewhere he encounters delicious ironies and unspeakable evils. Over the course of the book Roth skewers countless aspects of the contemporary condition: communism, fascism, capitalism, atheism, modern architecture, Hollywood, the League of Nations, journalism, xenophobia and bigotry of many sorts.
Originally published in 1934 and available again in English for the first time in more than seventy years, The Antichrist is startling in its prescience and clarity. Arguably Roth's most powerful work, The Antichrist reveals his deep understanding of twentieth-century world dynamics and his justifiable fears for the future of civilization
"The totality of Joseph Roth's work is no less than a tragedie humaine. Achieved in the techniques of modern fiction. Nadine Gordimer, author, The Pickup, on The Radetzky March" "Epic . . . brilliantly achieved . . . the portrait of an empty age, an age of gold braid and glitter." New York Times on The Radetzky March" "One of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth-century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Doblin, and Robert Musil." Harold Bloom, author, How to Read and Why, on The Radetzky March" "Arguably his most bizarre and fascinating book. . . . Fantastical and oddly on the money." Metro"
Series: Peter Owen Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 2009
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 18.0 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16