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Berta Ares Yáñez

«The Legend of the Holy Drinker», Legacy and Testament of Joseph Roth

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September 2022

280 pages

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Original Title: «La leyenda del santo bebedor», legado y testamento de Joseph Roth

Joseph Roth concluded The Legend of the Holy Drinker two weeks before he died in Paris, an alcoholic and stateless. Written in the autumn of 1938 and spring of 1939, his final nouvelle is considered to be the legacy of and testament to his most intimate thought but, as happens with the rest of his work, it has been read exclusively within the Western canon, and thus ignoring its indisputable place within the European Jewish tradition. In this illuminating essay, the researcher Berta Ares Yáñez explores the topos, symbols, metaphors, and literary motifs that characterise the work of Roth, prophet of modernity, in the light of the literature of the eastern shtetl and Lurian mysticism. She therefore reconciles this work with what Hannah Arendt called the “occult tradition” when referring to texts that cannot be understood if they are made to comply with the canon with which Europe has explained itself.

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September 2022

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