Larry Rohter reviews in The Times Joseph Roth’s “A life in Letters” – Roth’s letter’s translated and edited by Michael Hofmann.
Rohter quotes Roth: ‘“Nowhere, in no parish registry or cadastre is there a record of my name or date of birth,” he wrote. “I have no home, aside from being at home in myself. Wherever I am unhappy is my home. I am only ever happy abroad. If I leave myself even once, I will lose myself. Therefore, I take great care to remain within myself.”’
Wherever I’m unhappy is my home. There’s no better defense of cosmopolitanism.