Keiron Pim

Endless Flight

County Buildings
Sat 1 Oct
12:00 UK

Novelist and journalist Joseph Roth was one of the great chroniclers of the 20th century. Born on the eastern edge of the Austro-Hungarian empire, he roamed across Europe chronicling the collapse of European civilisation before his death on the eve of the Second World War.

After serving on the Eastern Front in the First World War, Roth moved to Vienna and became a journalist. His 1932 novel The Radetzky March is widely acclaimed as his greatest achievement. As a prominent liberal Jew, he left Germany when Hitler came to power and spent his last years struggling with alcoholism until his death at the age of 44. Keiron Pim, Roth’s first English language biographer, comes to the festival to talk about one of the great storied lives of European 20th-century literature.

About the author

Formerly a journalist, Keiron Pim made his name as a biographer with his book Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock ’n’ Roll Underworld, which explores the life of the man who connected the world of fine art with the Rolling Stones and London gangland.

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