Dennis Marks makes a journey through the eastern borderlands of Europe to learn about the writer Joseph Roth and the world in which he lived. The result is a riveting study that reunites Roth with his creative landscape.
Joseph Roth, best-known as the author of the The Radetsky March and The Wandering Jews, was one of the most seductive and enigmatic writers of the twentieth century. Born in 1894 in the Habsburg Empire in what is now Ukraine, and dying in Paris in 1939, he was a perpetual displaced person, a traveller, a prophet, a compulsive liar, and a man who covered his tracks. In this ‘psycho-geography’, Marks explores the spiritual journey of a still neglected master and uncovers the psychological portrait of an elusive genius.
’This is history at its most vivid.’ —The Times
Dennis Marks was an acclaimed television producer and broadcast executive. Born to Jewish Ukrainian parents, his career ranged from directing cultural and historical documentaries to a seven year span as Head of Music for BBC TV. During this time he was also president of the Vienna based music and media organisation IMZ. From 1993 to 1997 he was General Director of English National Opera. In 1998, he returned to broadcasting, producing and directing for television and writing and presenting major events and historical documentaries for BBC Radio, including three series on European history. His search for Joseph Roth grew out of his acclaimed BBC Radio 3 series on the Habsburg Empire, Faultline. He died in 2015.