‘One of the greatest European novelists of the century’ Sunday TimesAndreas is an alcoholic and a vagrant who lives under a bridge. Downtrodden, submerged at the bottom of society, he lives a fortuitous life – dictated by happenstance and the whims of others – until a run of exceptionally good luck lifts him, briefly, onto a different plane of existence. First published after Roth’s death in 1939, The Legend of the Holy Drinker is haunting and melancholic, yet filled with empathy. A secular miracle-tale, it is an unforgettable testament to Roth’s lucidity and compassion.
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