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A Whole Life

Category: Book
Translated By: Collins, Charlotte
By (author): Seethaler, Robert
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Awards: The Man Booker International Prize (2016) Short-listed
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: October 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*

Shortlisted for The 2016 Man Booker International Prize

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 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.

From The Publisher*The 100,000-copy German bestseller.
Review Quote*Every nuance, every word, every sentence - everything is precisely in place. An admirable achievement for such a slim volume.
Review Quote*[Seethaler has] succeeded in crafting a book which has to be described as more poignant and harrowing than anything written in a very long time.
Review Quote*A magnificent author who moves us so profoundly with an unforgettable book.
Review Quote*Do yourself a favour and read this book. It is food for the soul - so quiet,so subtle, yet with resounding reverberations.
Review Quote*The delicate, elegant song of a fulfilled life . . . Full of wonder.
Review Quote*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.
Review Quote*It's refreshing to read a story marked by quiet, concentrated attention . . . a reaction to all around us that is prolix, narcissistic and mindlessly technology-worshipping. What is perhaps most remarkable about this remarkable novel is the way that it continually weaves past, present and future into a single fabric. A deeply moving book
Review Quote*Seethaler shows that for even the most ordinary people, life is an extraordinary adventure - and he does so tenderly and memorably.