L uomo comprende L imperatore abdica 20 marzo 8 luglio 1815 Cento giorni La fuga dall Elba per riconquistare il trono, la disfatta di Waterloo, l esilio a Sant Elena Cento giorni Tanto durViva l imperatoreil grido del popolo Ha promesso libert e dignit a tutti Ma chi entrato al suo servizio ha messo la propria libert , la propria dignit e la propria vita nelle sue mani Lui il padre della viola come lo hanno chiamato per la sua predilezione verso quel fiore umile e valo L uomo comprende L imperatore abdica 20 marzo 8 luglio 1815 Cento giorni La fuga dall Elba per riconquistare il trono, la disfatta di Waterloo, l esilio a Sant Elena Cento giorni Tanto durViva l imperatoreil grido del popolo Ha promesso libert e dignit a tutti Ma chi entrato al suo servizio ha messo la propria libert , la propria dignit e la propria vita nelle sue mani Lui il padre della viola come lo hanno chiamato per la sua predilezione verso quel fiore umile e valoroso non stima il suo popolo ma ne ambisce il favore Allo stesso modo non apprezza l a ma vuole possedere le donne Non crede nella fedelt e nell amicizia, ma ne continuamente alla ricerca Disprezza il mondo, e lo vuole conquistare Si fida degli uomini solo dopo che son morti per lui La morte, ecco il prezzo da pagare per la fiducia dell imperatoreViva l imperatoreAnche Angelina Pietri c in quei cento giorni Lei non imperatrice Non nobile Angelina una servetta, una delle tante entrate a corte innamorata del suo imperatore come tutte le donne di Francia Ha persino rubato un fazzoletto che gli appartiene Di notte, quando le compagne di stanza dormono, lo posa sul cuscino e vi immerge il viso Suo figlio perder la vita in battaglia Piccolo e gracile tamburino Napoleone si ricorder di lui e di sua madre Un momento di umano sentimento, di compassione verso due creature quasi sconosciute Poi il comando secco L ordine di seppellirlo In fretta Sguaina la spada, l abbassa sul povero sepolcroPer tutti, per tutti , mormora Angelina ora sa Le sue paroleEra mio figlio Ha amato l imperatore Come io lo amoLo piange con occhi aridi e cuore pesante Quasi lo invidia Suo figlio morto, a seppellirlo sono state le mani dell imperatoreViva l imperatore L imperatore grande, l uomo piccolo L imperatore forte L uomo, debole L imperatore ardito L uomo, timoroso L imperatore determinato L uomo, pieno di dubbi Ed l uomo, non l imperatore a comprendere che non si pu riporre la propria fede nella violenza, nel potere e nel successo Viva l imperatore L uomo comprende L imperatore abdica La donna amaViva l imperatore Nulla conta pi.Ho provato una pena infinita per Angelina e per quel popolo che hanno riposto le proprie vite nelle mani di un solo uomo Joseph Roth es un escritor maravilloso, sobrio, sutil, incre ble Uno de mis favoritos Pero este libro en definitiva es el que menos me ha gustado, por no decir que no me gust Es Roth y eso siempre es valioso, porque es siempre una maravilla Lo amo pues Pero la grandilocuencia que muestra en este es rara Hablar del emperador Napoloen y sus ltimos d as Ese no es el problema, el problema es lo acartonado que est el personaje, todo en el es emperador para ac y para all , y lo ve todo el t Joseph Roth es un escritor maravilloso, sobrio, sutil, incre ble Uno de mis favoritos Pero este libro en definitiva es el que menos me ha gustado, por no decir que no me gust Es Roth y eso siempre es valioso, porque es siempre una maravilla Lo amo pues Pero la grandilocuencia que muestra en este es rara Hablar del emperador Napoloen y sus ltimos d as Ese no es el problema, el problema es lo acartonado que est el personaje, todo en el es emperador para ac y para all , y lo ve todo el tiempo desde afuera, supongo que al tratarse de un personaje hist rico debe ser dif cil e intimidante, yo tampoco es que soy muy conocedora de Napole n y sus batallas, pero para m aqu sali perdiendo el personaje, pues se lo comi el personaje real, o por lo menos en la manera como es descrito por Roth No lo recomiendo como una primera lectura de Roth, tiene tantos libros lindos que para m este hay que dejarlo para cuando ya te los acabaste todos The Hundred Days was originally published in 1935 as Die Hundert Tage and the title refers to the famous period when Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris from his exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba to once again rule as Emperor of France He arrived in Paris on 20th March 1815, whilst the Congress of Vienna was in full swing, and reigned as Emperor until he surrendered a little while after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.The novel is split into four parts the first and third parts a The Hundred Days was originally published in 1935 as Die Hundert Tage and the title refers to the famous period when Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris from his exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba to once again rule as Emperor of France He arrived in Paris on 20th March 1815, whilst the Congress of Vienna was in full swing, and reigned as Emperor until he surrendered a little while after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.The novel is split into four parts the first and third parts are close ups of Napoleon when he s arriving in Paris in March and following his defeat at Waterloo respectively The second and fourth parts concern the life of a laundress who is employed within the Emperor s household and who idolises him.At first this seems like a strange structure for a short novel about this period and I was a little dubious of whether it was going to work but by the end of the novel I was convinced it s just that it wasn t quite what I was expecting.Book One opens in Paris the King has fled and the Emperor has arrived to a rapturous reception Roth explains why the populace loved him They loved him because he seemed to be one of them and because he was none the less greater than them He was an encouraging example to them.Roth also gives us a quick summary of Napoleon s character He promised the people liberty and dignity but whoever entered into his service surrendered their freedom and gave themselves completely to him He held the people and the nations in low regard, yet none the less he courted their favour He despised those who were born kings but desired their friendship and recognition He believed in God yet did not fear Him He was familiar with death but did not want to die He placed little value upon life yet wished to enjoy it He had no use for love but wanted to have women He did not believe in loyalty and friendship yet searched tirelessly for friends He scorned the world but wanted to conquer it anyway.Back in his imperial palace Napoleon sets about forming a new cabinet, he sees his family, especially his mother, sees a fortune teller, he inspects his army and prepares for war against the expected Allied attack.He envied his enemy, the lethargic old King who had fled with his arrival The King had ruled in God s name and through the strength of his ancestors alone had kept the peace He, however, the Emperor, had to make war He was only the general of his soldiers.We get to see the Emperor, quite often, when he is alone and so one time, whilst walking in a park he hears someone nearby and becomes fearful of an assassination But it is only a laundress, who can barely answer his questions we do discover that her name is Angelina Pietri and that she is originally from Corsica, as is the Emperor, and he takes a note of her name In the following days he studies maps, reviews his troops and prepares for war When he s reviewing his troops he notices a drummer boy, calls him over and discovers that the boy is called Pascal Pietri He remembers Angelina s surname and confirms that she is Pascal s mother Pascal corrects Napoleon when he assumes that Pascal s father has the surname Pietri, instead it is Levadour We see the human side of Napoleon here.He remembered Angelina Pietri, the little housemaid whom he had seen in the darkness of the park The memory cheered him, and the name Angelina, her little son who beat the drum in his army, and the brave freshness with which the boy had corrected him about his father s name nearly moved him Yes, these were his people, these were his soldiers Book One ends with Napoleon going off to battle.Book Two is titled The Life of Angelina Pietri and so we learn how Angelina moved to Paris, how she got a position as a servant in the Imperial household through her aunt, V ronique Casimir As she cleans, the Emperor is often present, though always in another room There s one curious passage where Angelina is asked to a room, given a drink and asked to wait She waits, drinks some wine, inspects some paintings, waits and then falls asleep She s woken in the morning when the Emperor enters the room brusquely and she is dismissed The reason for her being there is not explained though we can probably guess Anyway it s a mix up as the Emperor calls his servant an idiot.In Book Two we also learn about Angelina s relationship with the Sergeant Major Sosth ne Levadour Angelina discovers that she is pregnant but wants nothing to do with the father, she certainly doesn t want to marry him Angelina doesn t love Levadour, she loves the Emperor.All across the land and the world, women loved the Emperor But to Angelina it seemed that to love the Emperor was a special and mysterious art she felt betrothed to him, the most exalted lord of all time.Her son is, of course, Pascal From this point on the tale of Angelina becomesinteresting, at least it did for me, as Book Two covers the period up to Napoleon s abdication and the reinstatement of the monarchy under Louis XVIII.I ve probably revealedof the plot than I d originally intended so I ll just say that we re also introduced to one of theloveable characters in the novel, Jan Wokurka Books One and Two cover about two thirds of the novel In Book Three we see the events following Waterloo from Napoleon s perspective There s a wonderful scene in this section that takes place on the battlefield but I won t reveal anyNapoleon appears weaker, less sure of himself, and often just wants to give up he s truly defeated With the final book we re back with Angelina and we follow her fate during Napoleon s defeat at Waterloo Be warned there s an unexpected ending.This was read as part of German Literature Month IV Due sole beatitudini esistevano, il grembo della madre e il letto dell amante e forse anche una terza, ancora ignota, ma da conoscere prima o poi l abbraccio della Morte, la vecchia buona sorella p 194 The incomparable Joseph Roth imagines Emperor Napoleon s last grab at glory, the hundred days spanning his escape from Elba to his final defeat at Waterloo This particularly poignant work, set in the first half ofand largely in Paris, is told from two perspectives, that of Napoleon himself and that of the lowly, devoted palace laundress Angelica an unlucky creature who deeply loves him In The Hundred Days, Roth refracts the deep sorrow of their intertwined fatesRoth s signature lyrical elegance and haunting atmospheric details sing in The Hundred Days There may be, as James Wood has stated, no modern writer able to combine the novelistic and the poetic, to blend lusty, undamaged realism with sparkling powers of metaphor and simile considered one of roth s poorer novels but written in practically extreme unction, the poor man super desperate, for money, time, air even where there is even some obvious muddling of plots, sentences and paragraphs from other writings, but still, this is joseph roth, so there is always a level of historical big pictureness and clear eyed pathos, noting our human folly, cruelty, and hope for the future, even while knowing full well, there is no hope see this for back story of this novel and r considered one of roth s poorer novels but written in practically extreme unction, the poor man super desperate, for money, time, air even where there is even some obvious muddling of plots, sentences and paragraphs from other writings, but still, this is joseph roth, so there is always a level of historical big pictureness and clear eyed pathos, noting our human folly, cruelty, and hope for the future, even while knowing full well, there is no hope see this for back story of this novel and roth s incredible stressful life Joseph Roth A Life in Letters and this for one of his masterpieces The Radetzky Marchand btw, this novel is set in 1815, told by napoleon after he escaped alba, and told by a laundress serf working in at palace A bittersweet little gem from the masterful Joseph Roth A Jew from the old Austrian province of Galicia part of the partition of Poland, and today part of the Ukraine , Roth yearned for the old Habsburg Monarchy of his youth, which was destroyed by the First World War Most of his fiction centers on central and eastern Europe as a result, most important, of course, being his great novel, The Radetzky March So this novel about Napoleon s Hundred Days is a rare gem The book is essentially comp A bittersweet little gem from the masterful Joseph Roth A Jew from the old Austrian province of Galicia part of the partition of Poland, and today part of the Ukraine , Roth yearned for the old Habsburg Monarchy of his youth, which was destroyed by the First World War Most of his fiction centers on central and eastern Europe as a result, most important, of course, being his great novel, The Radetzky March So this novel about Napoleon s Hundred Days is a rare gem The book is essentially comprised of four parts, two told from Napoleon s perspective, and two from that of little Angelina Pietri, the Corsican washerwoman at his court one part each before Waterloo, and one after Anyone who has read Roth will know that he was fascinated with the displaced, those whose world like Roth s own had exploded around them, leaving them lost and disoriented The care and love with which Roth draws the portraits of Angelina, and Jan Wokurka, the amputee Polish Legionnaire cobbler who loves her, is touching in the extreme The book is suffused with melancholy, but it is so touchingly done, it is a little masterpiece Also, the love that Roth felt for Paris during his final years comes shining through I highly recommend this book, and Roth s other works It is not for nothing that Roth is one of my five favorite novelists Ooit wil ik alles gelezen hebben van mijn held Joseph Roth, en daarom dook ik ook in De honderd dagen , zijn historische roman over de laatste honderd dagen van Napoleon als keizer de periode dus na zijn glorieuze terugtocht na de eerste ballingschap tot en met de nederlaag van Waterloo Een voor Roth nogal curieus boek, want hij schreef nooit historische romans en al helemaal geen boeken over de groten der aarde Opmerkelijk bovendien dat hij dit boek in 1936 schreef, in een periode dat de na Ooit wil ik alles gelezen hebben van mijn held Joseph Roth, en daarom dook ik ook in De honderd dagen , zijn historische roman over de laatste honderd dagen van Napoleon als keizer de periode dus na zijn glorieuze terugtocht na de eerste ballingschap tot en met de nederlaag van Waterloo Een voor Roth nogal curieus boek, want hij schreef nooit historische romans en al helemaal geen boeken over de groten der aarde Opmerkelijk bovendien dat hij dit boek in 1936 schreef, in een periode dat de nazi s wel heel dominant werden juist toen schreef de politiek zo gevoelige Roth dus een boek over een onderwerp dat bijna escapistisch oogt Een volgens velen onevenwichtig boek ook, en totaal mislukt bovendien Maar zelf vermaakte ik weer prima met deze Roth Wel vond ik het inderdaad een van zijn mindere romans sommige passages zijn te sentimenteel of te langdradig, sommige plotwendingen al te toevallig of te geforceerd, sommige pointes al te clich matig Maar ja, die stijl, mensen, die stijl Alleen Roth kan achteloos zinnen produceren als In de tuin van het paleis hieven de lijsters een oorverdovend gejubel aan en uit het park uit de lucht zelf kregen ze antwoord van bedwelmende geuren, de stemmen van de acacia s, seringen en vlieren Schijnbaar moeiteloos tovert Roth ons een luisterrijke wereld voor van geur en klank, schijnbaar even moeiteloos tovert hij even later de breekbaarheid van die wereld voor door dan te spreken van een glimlach van glas die opgeroepen wordt in het glazige oog van de soldaat En Roth is nog veel beter in vorm als hij de weemoedige emoties van zijn personages evoceert Die van Angelina Pietri met name, de kleine onaanzienlijke dame die hopeloos idolaat is van Napoleon, en aan die vergeefse en hulpeloze idolatrie ook helemaal ten gronde gaat Maar ook die van Napoleon zelf, die in zijn treurige momenten even klein en onaanzienlijk is als Angelina Pietri, vooral nadat hij zijn Waterloo beleefd heeft Ruim voor dit Waterloo, iets na zijn glorieuze terugkeer uit zijn eerste ballingschap, voelt hij al de onverbiddelijke woeste leegte van lichamelijke eenzaamheid en de eenzaamheid van de fysiek verlatenen En snel na zijn Waterloo dringt tot hem door dat iedereen, ook hijzelf, in wezen even naakt en berooid is als Job.Het boek bestaat uit vier hoofdstukken In hoofdstuk 1 en 3 volg je de innerlijke reis van Napoleon, in 2 en 4 die van Angelina Pietri Deze verhaallijnen vormen samen geen overtuigende eenheid, naar mijn smaak Maar ik vond het wel mooi hoe beide verhaallijnen samen uitgroeien tot een litanie op de weerloosheid van de altijd kleine mens En dat Napoleon een minstens zo kleine mens blijkt te zijn als Angelina Pietri, en net zo n groot slachtoffer van de zinsbegoocheling en maskerade van zijn zogenaamde almachtige grootsheid Wel vraag ik mij af waarom hij nou net in de tijd dat Hitlers wapengekletter zo hinderlijk dominant werd een boek over Napoleon schreef Voorzag hij dat de kleine luiden zouden worden weggevaagd in bloed en desillusie, net als in de tijd van Napoleon Wou hij, door Napoleon zo van binnenuit als berooide en van alle illusies beloofde kleine man te schetsen, commentaar geven op de holheid van Hitlers zogenaamde almacht Was dit historisch verhaal, waarin iedereen een kleine man is die van eenzaamheid en mislukking is doordesemd, inclusief Napoleon, ook bedoeld als een les voor Roths tijdgenoten die misschien te veel geloofden in macht en grootsheid Ik weet het niet Maar ik weet wel dat dit boek, ondanks allerlei tekortkomingen, mij vooral door zijn fraaie stijl behoorlijk heeft geroerd Napoleon attempts to regain power.I found this an interesting work and the contrast between Napoleon s proclamations and his inners thoughts was clever rang true The contract between his life and the dedicated washerwoman was well handled. No cabe duda que Joseph Roth fue uno de los m s grandes escritores de habla alemana del siglo XX y uno de tantos intelectuales que tuvieron que salir de Alemania debido al ascenso del Nazismo Vigoroso narrador de talentos excelsos y prosa elocuente y a la vez sencilla y concisa, Roth utiliza una t cnica narrativa tradicional sin mayores pretensiones que la de comunicar lo que l ve a en el mundo desde su particular perspectiva La narraci n que ahora nos trae Joseph Roth se aleja de su tem tic No cabe duda que Joseph Roth fue uno de los m s grandes escritores de habla alemana del siglo XX y uno de tantos intelectuales que tuvieron que salir de Alemania debido al ascenso del Nazismo Vigoroso narrador de talentos excelsos y prosa elocuente y a la vez sencilla y concisa, Roth utiliza una t cnica narrativa tradicional sin mayores pretensiones que la de comunicar lo que l ve a en el mundo desde su particular perspectiva La narraci n que ahora nos trae Joseph Roth se aleja de su tem tica tradicional que ha sido novelar la debacle del Imperio Austro H ngaro y con ello la desaparici n de un mundo sereno, tranquilo y arm nico constituido por la Europa de antes de la Primera Guerra Mundial Otro tema recurrente en l ha sido el surgimiento del nacionalismo a ultranza que derrumbaba a aquel cosmopolita pero protector y casi sagrado Imperio Austro H ngaro donde ten an cabida un sinn mero de nacionalidades y credos Ahora la mirada de Roth se centra en otro Imperio En esta ocasi n se ocupa de describirnos el regreso de Napole n al trono para convertirse de nuevo en Emperador tras su destierro en la Isla de Elba Concretamente se refiere a Los Cien D as tal y como se llama su libro que dur esta aventura Una vez m s la pluma magistral de Roth se desliza de manera maravillosa sobre el papel, como s lo l sabe hacerlo, para descubrirnos las reflexiones y pensamientos finales de ese hombre que puso en jaque al mundo con su genio militar, su astucia y su ambici n de poder Roth nos muestra al dios transform ndose en hombre, al imbatible ser humano descendiendo a la tierra de los mortales A pesar de la magn fica prosa del autor que por momentos conmueve y maravilla, me parece que a la novela le hizo falta algo se sustancia Roth nos describe el mundo interior y el entorno que rodea a Napole n y a una muchacha del servicio de la Corte Imperial llamada Angelina quien admira y ama al Emperador de manera desmedida , pero ambas historias parecen estar desconectadas a pesar de que viven los mismos hechos hist ricos, en la misma poca y en el mismo lugar Adem s me hubiera gustado que se relataran hechos hist ricos que debieron haberse dado en ese entorno y con esa fuerza humana desbordada y jaloneada ante el ocaso del Imperio y el regreso de la Monarqu a acompa ada de la invasi n de los pa ses que apoyaban la reinstauraci n del Rey Luis XVIII Presa del alcoholismo, de delirium tremens, de la esquizofrenia de su esposa, de la ascensi n del Nazismo y la persecuci n de los Jud os l y su esposa lo eran pareciera que Joseph Roth pertenece a esa estirpe de escritores malditos que vuelcan su ser en su Literatura Consumido por el alcohol y sin medios econ micos para vivir, Roth a sus escasos 42 a os, deja que su pluma vuele casi por s sola ya que su esp ritu exhausto no tiene mucho que aportar ya, es por eso que me lo imagino en una buhardilla de Par s, a punto de estallar la barbarie de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, luchando con una nueva obra para darla a sus editores ya sin muchas fuerza de esp ritu, sin grandes ideas sustanciales pero con un talento que nunca lo abandon Su esp ritu cansado y oscuro y con la sensaci n de que la vida era agobiante y enigm tica de un peso descomunal y amenazador, Joseph Roth se esfuerza por brindarnos los ltimos d as de Napole n Bonaparte como Emperador