"One of the most readable, poignant, and superb novels in twentieth-century German: it stands with the best of Thomas Mann, Alfred Döblin, and Robert Musil. Roth was a cultural monument of Galician Jewry: ironic, compassionate, perfectly pitched to his catastrophic era."
"A masterpiece . . . The totality of Joseph Roth's work is no less than a tragédie humaine
Achieved in the techniques of modern fiction."
"Epic . . . brilliantly achieved . . . the portrait of an empty age, an age of gold braid and glitter."
–THE NEW YORK TIMES
"It is hard to praise this novel sufficiently . . . [It] is exceptional for . . . the tolerance and pity and humorous magnanimity with which the author regards his characters."
–CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
With a new introduction by Alan Bance