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A Whole Life

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b>Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize./b>Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven . . . Like John Williams' Stoner or Denis Johnson's Train Dreams, A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude. An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. It looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are.


A 200,000-copy German bestseller, A Whole Life follows one man's simple yet extraordinary life.


Robert Seethaler's quietly mesmerizing novel - elemental in both tone and subject - shows what joy and nobility can be found in a life of hardship, patience and bereavement. It is at once heart-rending and heart-warming. A Whole Life, for all its gentleness, is a very powerful book. Jim Crace

Product details

Authors Robert Seethaler
Assisted by Charlotte Collins (Translation)
Publisher Picador Uk
Languages English
Age Recommendation from age 18
Product format Paperback
Released 08.10.2015
EAN 9781447283904
ISBN 978-1-4472-8390-4
No. of pages 160
Dimensions 132 mm x 200 mm x 12 mm
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature

Österreichische SchriftstellerInnen; Werke (div.), Australische SchriftstellerInnen; Werke (div.), austria, Fiction in translation, Narrative theme: Interior life, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Narrative theme: Sense of place, Narrative theme: Love and relationships, c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2)

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