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What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933

What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933

By Joseph Roth
Translated by Michael Hoffmann

WHAT I SAW, like no other existing work, records the violent social and political paroxysms that compromised and ultimately destroyed the precarious democracy that was the Weimar Republic.  As if anticipating Christopher Isherwood, the book re-creates the tragicomic world of 1920s Berlin as seen by its greatest journalistic eyewitness. Against the traditional portrayal of Berlin as an entrepôt of fun and transport, of government, nightlife, and literary glamour, Joseph Roth’s gritty depiction chronicles the lives of the city’s forgotten inhabitants: the war cripples, the Jewish immigrants from the Pale, the criminals, the bathhouse denizens, and the nameless dead who filled the morgues.

Paperback
240 pages
W.W. Norton & Co.
ISBN 9780393325829 

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