A Whole Life
Paperback $19.99 - Pan Macmillan UK
Fiction - Published: 1/Nov/2015 - ISBN: 9781447283904
Robert Seethaler is an Austrian living in Berlin and is the author of four previous novels. He also works as an actor, most recently in Paolo Sorrentino's La Grande Bellezza. The 170,000-copy German bestseller. 'Heart-rending and heart-warming... for all its gentleness, a very powerful novel.' Jim Crace
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' <b><i>Stoner</i></b> or Denis Johnson's <b><i>Train Dreams</i></b>, <b><i>A Whole Life</i></b> 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. For fans of <b><i>The Man Who Planted Trees</i></b> by Jean Giono, <b><i>Silk</i></b> by Alessandro Baricco and Sandor Marai's <b><i>Embers</i></b>, Seethaler looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are.
Translated by Charlotte Collins.
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