A novel of great sensitivity and resonance. The Hundred Days is a meditation on the nature of greatness and love's dogged loyalty, interwoven with the well-balanced irony that is Roth's trademark. It's a sad little gem.
Boston Review

Now in paperback, Napoleon's return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth

The Hundred Days

Fiction by Joseph Roth

Translated from the German by Richard Panchyk

Joseph Roth paints a vivid portrait of Emperor Napoleon's last grab at glory, the hundred days spanning his escape from Elba to his final defeat at Waterloo. This particularly poignant work, set in the first half of 1815 and largely in Paris, is told from two perspectives, that of Napoleon himself and that of the lowly, devoted palace laundress Angelica—an unlucky creature who deeply loves him. In The Hundred Days, Roth refracts the deep sorrow of their intertwined fates.

Roth’s signature lyrical elegance and haunting atmospheric details sing in The Hundred Days. “There may be,” as James Wood has stated, “no modern writer more able to combine the novelistic and the poetic, to blend lusty, undamaged realism with sparkling powers of metaphor and simile.”

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Paperback (published January 12, 2016)

ISBN
9780811225113
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19.5
Page Count
224

Clothbound (published January 12, 2016)

ISBN
9780811222785
Price US
22.95
Price CN
25.95
Page Count
224

Ebook (published January 12, 2016)

ISBN
9780811222792
Page Count
224

Joseph Roth

20th Century Austrian writer

A novel of great sensitivity and resonance. The Hundred Days is a meditation on the nature of greatness and love's dogged loyalty, interwoven with the well-balanced irony that is Roth's trademark. It's a sad little gem.
Boston Review
An achingly beautiful fictional account of the rise and fall of the Emperor Napoleon.
—Abby Margulies, Words Without Borders
There is a poem on every page of Joseph Roth.
—Joseph Brodsky
Roth’s gifts are substantial, and of a kind rarer now than it was fifty years ago.
The New Yorker
The totality of Joseph Roth’s work is no less than a tragedie humaine achieved in the techniques of modern fiction.
—Nadine Gordimer
This is not perhaps the real Napoleon, but it's certainly a remarkable creation that leaps off the page.
—Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph (UK)
What a marvelous writer! Read him now. You can thank me later.
—Michael Dirda