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Weights and Measures was the third Roth novel to be translated into English and one of the the last he wrote, as he drank himself to death in unhappy exile in France. It is a fable about the disintegration of a good man. At the insistence of his wife, Eibenschutz leaves his job as an artilleryman in the Austro-Hungarian army for a civilian job as the Inspector of Weights and Measures in a remote territory near the Russian border. Attempting to exercise some proper rectitude in his trade duties he is at a loss in a world of smugglers, profiteers and small crooks. Eibenschutz soon finds he can no longer distinguish law from justice. When he discovers that his wife is pregnant by his own clerk, he spends more time away from home. Spending his hours at the border tavern, he find himself hopelessly drawn to a beautiful gypsy woman, Euphemia. But she is prepared to share the bed of the landlord and Eibenshutz's enemy, Jadlowker, an unprincipled profiteer who has made the tavern a beacon for local smuggling activity...

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers Publication Date: 23/01/2002 ISBN-13: 9780720611366  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Joseph Roth has never been more popular. In this late novel - widely praised and rarely available in English - an artillery officer is persuaded by his resentful wife to leave the Austro-Hungarian army to take up a civilian post as Inspector of Weights and Measures in a remote territory near the Russian border. Attempting to exercise some proper rectitude in his trade duties he is soon at a loss in a shadowy world of smugglers, profiteers and petty crooks. Joseph Roth is an important commentator on the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Weights and Measures registers on both an historical and personal level to portray the slow capitulation of a good man and his traditional standards to insidious small-time corruption and to his own destructive passion.

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