Joseph Roth

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Sunset: Juli Jakab in László Nemes’s film

The last time I saw László Nemes in the flesh he was holding an Academy Award. The Hungarian film-maker had just received the best foreign film Oscar (...)

Exiled in Paris, Joseph Roth  foresaw the grim future, writing to his friend and benefactor Stefan Zweig: ‘It will have become clear to you now that we are drifting towards a great catastrophe.’ Photograph: Getty Images 

If you’ve read Joseph Roth’s great novel The Radetsky March, as I finally got around to doing recently, you’ll know it begins with a fleeting incident(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

Mourn over the coffin before the mass funeral for 136 newly-identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre attended by tens of thousands of mourners in July. Photograph:Matej Divizna/Getty Images

History’s many cruel ironies show no mercy. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton agreement in Paris. The peace treaty marked(...)

Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? – Nomad Theatre stage version including  Fergal McElherron and Sam Peter Corry – represented important attempts to re-examine the first World War and its legacy. Photograph: Colm Henry

War is ambivalent; for the powers that decide to wage it, it is as ancient as man, even older than Homer and is caused by expansionist greed and do(...)

Roland Mary, proprietor of Berlin restaurant Borchardt: “I don’t have a missionary zeal to give the city back something it lost, but I see a market for this – otherwise it wouldn’t work.” Photograph: Derek Scally

I’m sitting in the Berlin restaurant Borchardt, marvelling at the deceptive perfection of it all.The tablecloths are white and almost as crisp as the (...)

Iron Gustav is the story of one man, but it is also a vivid, atmospheric portrait of Berlin, showing how the war affected its citizens. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Gustav Hackendahl, former soldier and now employer, is a domestic tyrant. He runs his home in much the same way as he directs the daily routine in (...)

Kilkenny life: Hubert Butler and Maiden Hall, his family home, in Co Kilkenny. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh and Suzanna Crampton

If the Lilliput Press had achieved nothing else for Irish intellectual life than introduce and celebrate Hubert Butler’s essays (and it has done much (...)

Money makes the world go round, or so the nasty little master of ceremonies in Cabaret sang suggestively. A lack of cash tends to send ordinary life s(...)