Michael Hofmann is the highly acclaimed translator of Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen, Kafka, and Brecht and the author of several books of poems and book of criticism.
The Genius of Joseph Roth: Michael Hofmannn
Joseph Roth (1894-1939) was born to German-speaking Jewish parents in Galicia. He was the great elegist of the cosmopolitan, tolerant and doomed Central European culture that flourished in the dying days of the Austro- Hungarian Empire.
In this session, Michael Hofmann, who has dedicated himself for the past five years to translating Roth, read from and spoke about his passion for Roth’s work.
The Search for Joseph Roth
The Austrian writer Joseph Roth was born in 1894 on the dusty edge of Eastern Europe. He died, forty four years later in a Paris sanatorium, a rootless, stateless alcoholic. In between he wrote 15 novels and novellas, and some of the most potent and evocative journalism of the 1920s and1930s. His writings conjure up a world of shattered kingdoms and displaced persons.
In this psycho-geography Dennis Marks traveled through Austria and Ukraine in search of a great author who was both a c...