Review: The Coral Merchant by Joseph Roth

The Coral Merchant is a collection of six stories by Joseph Roth. The second didn’t appeal to me, but the others were extremely good, with “The Bust of the Emperor” being a stand-out. This is the first time I’ve read Joseph Roth, so I can’t speak to the quality of the translation, but the writing is smooth with a touch of dry humor. The collection is a good mix of long and short stories, but one (“The Rich House Opposite”) might be a little too short. read more