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by Joseph Roth,D. Thompson

eBook Job: The Story of a Simple Man download ISBN: 0701139072
Author: Joseph Roth,D. Thompson
Publisher: Chatto & Windus (April 30, 1983)
Language: English
Pages: 238
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Rating: 4.8
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Category: Literature
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Joseph Roth - a German-speaking Jew - wrote this one in 1930 and is retelling us the ancient story of Job. Joseph Roth's prose is tender, simple and melancholic. A book about flesh and blood, about men and women, their triumphs and sorrows.

Joseph Roth - a German-speaking Jew - wrote this one in 1930 and is retelling us the ancient story of Job. The story itself is so sad, that sometimes I had the wish not to continue reading it. The main character, the Jewish teacher Mendel Singer, is living with his family in poverty and modesty

What typically encapsulates man is his inability to act in a given circumstance, usually by birth. As in life, fictional characters are born, slug through life, and die-all in one setting, as if there is no world beyond

Job. The Story of a Simple Man. Translated from the German. and with an afterword by Ross Benjamin.

Job. No part of this book may be reproduced or retransmitted. in any form without prior written permission of the publisher. Roth, Joseph, 1894–1939. Job, the story of a simple man, Joseph Roth ; translated from the. German by Ross Benjamin. 1st Archipelago Books ed.

In the 21st century, publications in English of collections of his journalism from Berlin and Paris created a revival of interest in the author. In 1923 Roth's first (unfinished) novel, The Spider's Web, was serialized in an Austrian newspaper. He achieved moderate success as a writer throughout the 1920s with a series of novels exploring life in post-war Europe

The same was true of its Austrian-Jewish author but Dorothy Thompson's translation is enthralling as the Singer family .

The same was true of its Austrian-Jewish author but Dorothy Thompson's translation is enthralling as the Singer family leave pre-revolutionary Russia for New York where they encounter everything from tragedy to miracles. In the years leading up to his death in 1939, poverty forced Roth to be overly-prolific but he was nearing his creative peak when he wrote Job. It is, as his champion Michael Hofman explains in a thought-provoking afterword, "regarded as Roth's most perfect book. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

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Are you sure you want to remove Job, the story of a simple man from your list? Job, the story of a simple man. by Joseph Roth. Published 1982 by Overlook Press in Woodstock, . Translation of: Hiob, Roman eines einfachen Mannes. 238 p. ; Number of pages.

This deceptively simple story of a "simple man," a retelling of the Job story set in an early 20th century Russian shtetl and in New York City, grew on me as I read it. At first, it seemed as though Roth, surprisingly, was writing a version of a typical Yiddish shtetl tale, but gradually his usual.

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Book DescriptionA newly arrived immigrant to New York experiences a series of devastating misfortunes. Just as he begins to lose his faith in God, something comes along to restore his faith, a miracle that will have the reader rejoicing. См. также: Классическая и современная проза. Похожие книги: Organizing for Dummies. Eileen Roth, Elizabeth Miles.

Best Translated Book Awards. The Book of Disappearance: A Novel by Ibtisam Azem. Translation Database. Joseph Roth's Job: The Story of a Simple Man. Where: Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003. A reading from and discussion about the new translation of Joseph Roth’s Job: The Story of a Simple Man. Read by Ross Benjamin (translator). Best Translated Book Awards. Three Percent Podcast.

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Alert: Spoilers are suggested, but not defined!

I rejoice! I shout with happiness. I have found an adult novel with a glorious ending! Joseph Roth took a 180 turn from "The Holy Drinker," a despairing and depressing book, the first Roth I read several months ago (and reviewed), with this, a work of wonder, "Job: The Story of a Simple Man."

Getting to the wonder, the joy, the miracle was an uneasy slug through one bad circumstance after the other, until about mid-way through the novel. What typically encapsulates man is his inability to act in a given circumstance, usually by birth. As in life, fictional characters are born, slug through life, and die--all in one setting, as if there is no world beyond.

What sets "Job" apart and made this reader literally sit up and take notice was the family's move to America. What courage! What imagination to consider a world beyond a tiny Russian village! How unimaginable within context of fiction. I thought, Roth as creator is planning big here. If Mendel Singer is Job and suffers major losses as Job, how is he going to America? To what end?

Let me begin at the beginning. Mendel has a wife, Deborah. They have had three children, all pretty much grown when little Menuchim is born. If the word "freak" weren't probably politically incorrect, I would use it to describe the deformed, sickly, pitiful child. However, both Deborah and Mendel love him. When one of their sons immigrates to America to avoid being drafted into the Russian army (and sure death), he succeeds and sends for his family. Mendel makes arrangements for Menuchim to stay behind.

So, how does Mendel's story compare with Job's. One son goes into the army--lost. One son goes to America--lost. His daughter sleeps with Cossacks--lost. The youngest is deformed--lost. However, Deborah takes the child to a regional rabbi who pronounces a curious prophecy over Menuchim.

In America--and this is the last of the story I will relate--the daughter goes insane, one son is killed, one son is missing, and one son's fate is unknown. Deborah literally drops dead. Mendel is so upset with God that he puts away his bag of prayer materials and swears off God. His friends come and have a biblical discussion akin to the Job story in the Bible.

I was never convinced that Mendel suffered any more than any other human being. Oh sure, there are some humans who seem to lead charmed lives, but most of us live lives comprised of both gains and losses. However, Mendel is the subject of this parable, so Mendel I will consider. Although God does not restore all of Mendel's losses as He does for the biblical Job, the miracle He works is not to be missed. It's a mighty miracle which will cause the reader to stop and reflect: Can we explain the ways of God? Roth surely presents the miracle-wielding side of God, as if to say: When God performs a miracle such as this, His ways are clearly revealed, or at the very least, a compassionate side.
... in comparison to the much more human, and humane, Mendel Singer, the 'simple man' whose life is the story of Joseph Roth's novella. The original Job is possibly the finest Hellenic drama in the diverse collection of writings English speakers call the Old Testament. In it, the vainglorious, capricious tyrant Jehovah sadistically torments his pet 'Hamster sapiens' Job to test his submissiveness. That Job is not mentioned explicitly in Roth's novella until nearly the end, when Mendel Singer has been tormented by misfortunes to the point of trying to "kill" God by burning his Jewish prayer shawls and scriptures. Then it's his neighbors and friends who make the connection.

"Job" begins in a village in Russia before the Revolution. The first few pages set the American reader of today up for another Fiddler on the Roof tale of 'städl' Jewry, and then for a realistic novel of immigration like 'The Bread Winners.' But Roth's novella goes its own way, into a poetic parable of grief. I seldom shed tears on the pages of a fiction, but I felt I might, as Singer's suffering reached its trough.

In the end, the surprise that one has expected all along does occur. Honestly, if you haven't expected the 'miracle' all along, you're no kind of reader, so I'm not really 'spoiling' anything to tell you that Mendel will be 'exalted' and the beneficence of God will be reaffirmed. The 'surprise' for me, a skeptic, is that I'm amenable to such a conclusion, in fact that I'm profoundly touched with joy at Mendel Singer's spiritual resurrection.

I strolled into a 'brick-and-mortar' bookstore some weeks ago, to buy one book at full retail price just to maintain some anachronistic loyalty to the act of physically browsing. I looked at the R fiction shelves and found a dozen titles by Philip Roth but nothing by Joseph Roth. I tried to point out the inadequacy to the owner of the shop, a guy who knows me well, but he merely shrugged. Joseph Roth, dear readers, is one of the giants of 20th C literature. 'Job' is a radically different genre from Roth's profound 'Radetsky March' - more a lyric than an epic - but it has all the subtle powers of characterization that make Roth so great.
This is my first Roth book but not won't be my last. He is a terrific story teller. sliver
So well written, so contemporary in spite of the decades that separate us from the author's time. The constant question of why bad things happen to good people with an optimistic ending
Arrived on time and as described. A+
Bought this for a friend and they are more than delighted with it. It came very quickly.
Also arrived in great shape. A real treasure.
An incredible story of love and pain. This book shows what we do to protect our loved ones.
Definitely recommend it.
Really well written, engrossing reading and historical insights. A (somewhat) modern-day version of the Biblical story. Characters are well-sketched and compelling.