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The tobacconist

Author: Robert Seethaler; Charlotte Collins
Publisher: London : Picador, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When seventeen-year-old Franz exchanges his home in the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna, his homesickness quickly dissolves amidst the thrum of the city. In his role as apprentice to the elderly tobacconist Otto Trsnyek, he will soon be supplying the great and good of Vienna with their newspapers and cigarettes. Among the regulars is a Professor Freud, whose predilection for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Seethaler; Charlotte Collins
ISBN: 9781509806584 150980658X 9781509806614 150980661X
OCLC Number: 960964327
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Translated from the German.
Awards: Long-listed for International Dublin Literary Award 2018
Description: 234 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Trafikant.
Responsibility: Robert Seethaler ; translated by Charlotte Collins.

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When seventeen-year-old Franz exchanges his home in the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna, his homesickness quickly dissolves amidst the thrum of the city. In his role as apprentice to the elderly tobacconist Otto Trsnyek, he will soon be supplying the great and good of Vienna with their newspapers and cigarettes. Among the regulars is a Professor Freud, whose predilection for cigars and occasional willingness to dispense romantic advice will forge a bond between him and young Franz. It is 1937. In a matter of months Germany will annex Austria and the storm that has been threatening to engulf the little tobacconist will descend, leaving the lives of Franz, Otto and Professor Freud irredeemably changed. In the tradition of novels such as Fred Uhlman's classic Reunion, Bernhard Schlink's The Reader and Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room, The Tobacconist tells a deeply moving story of ordinary lives profoundly affected by the Third Reich.

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Set at a time of lengthening shadows, this is a novel about the sparks that illuminate the dark: of wisdom, compassion, defiance and courage. It is wry, piercing and also, fittingly, radiant. * Daily Read more...

 
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