Rodney Livingstone is a professor emeritus in German studies at the University of Southampton and a translator of books by Theodor W. Adorno, Max Weber, and Walter Benjamin, among others. In 2009 he was awarded the Ungar German Translation Prize of the American Translators Association.
Berlin, 1929: There’s little hope, but plenty of amusement to be had if you know where to look. Jakob Fabian, 32, “at present an advertising copywriter,” isn’t one to mope; he and his friends prowl the city’s cabarets, exchanging barbs and looking for girls. “Graceful, vivid and distinguished … a little masterpiece of pathos and calamity.”—Michael Sadleir