Weights and Measures

Joseph Roth

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Penguin Books Ltd
5 October 2017
ISBN: 9780241307441
Paperback

From the publisher

'Every man had not only a weak spot but also a criminal one'

At his wife's insistence, upstanding citizen and artillery officer Anselm Eibenschutz leaves his beloved Austro-Hungarian army and takes up a civilian post, as Inspector of Weights and Measures in a remote backwater near the Russian border. At first he does everything by the book, but gradually he finds himself adrift in a world of petty corruption, bribery and drunkenness - and undone by his passion for the beautiful gypsy Euphemia. A haunting evocation of Eastern Europe's borderlands in the early twentieth century, Weights and Measures is also the story of the disintegration of a good man.

Translated by David Le Vay