The Hotel Years (Paperback)
Beware, anytime Roth begins to write about water, something beautiful is about to occur. Roth's travel journalism remarks on his experience in a variety of places, showing a glimpse of Europe in transition between the two world wars. Instead of a merely useful historical document, The Hotel Years conveys Roth's deep empathy and makes for a lovely read.
-- Adam— From Adam F. Staff Picks
The Hotel Years gathers sixty-four feuilletons: on hotels; pains and pleasures; personalities; and the deteriorating international situation of the 1930s. Never before translated into English, these pieces begin in Vienna just at the end of the First World War, and end in Paris near the outbreak of the Second World War. Roth, the great journalist of his day, needed journalism to survive: in his six-volume collected works in German, there are three of fiction and three of journalism. Beginning in 1921, Roth wrote mostly for the liberal Frankfurter Zeitung who sent him on assignments throughout Germany - the inflation, the occupation, political assassinations - and abroad, to the USSR, Italy, Poland and Albania. And always: "I celebrate my return to lobby and chandelier, porter and chambermaid.