The Legend of the Holy Drinker, Paperback Book

The Legend of the Holy Drinker Paperback

Illustrated by Frans Masereel


This novella, one of the most haunting things that Joseph Roth ever composed, was published in 1939, the year the author died.

Like Andreas, the hero of the story, Roth drank himself to death in Paris, but this is not an autobiographical confession.

Rather, it is a secular miracle-tale, in which the vagrant Andreas, after living under bridges, has a surprising run of good luck that changes his circumstances profoundly.

The novella is extraordinarily compressed, dry-eyed and witty, despite its melancholic subject matter.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781847086181

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