In the summer of 1936, the authors Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth found some moments of peace before the arrival of the impending catastrophe. Zweig and Roth’s friendship is chronicled in Volker Weidermann’s “Ostend.”
Joseph Roth’s complex ideas about Judaism made him an object of fascination. With the publication of his letters, attention on him has redoubled.
Philip will have to make room for another Roth. The irony is that Joseph Roth, a Galician-born Austro-Hungarian Jewish writer, dead for nearly three quarters of a century, has never been more alive in the English speaking world.