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A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (Austria)

I like your phrase about “the immutability of the natural world”. Perhaps we are now realising that it is no longer immune to our raiding of resources. Nonetheless, the closeness to nature seems to suggest secure infantile attachments that help sustain through future stresses. All very interesting!

Reading and Watching the World: Books, Film and Art

Translated from German by Charlotte Collins

A Whole Life is an Austrian novella, 149 pages long in my Picador paperback, which has been a quiet international bestseller. Published in English translation in 2015, it was shortlisted for the International Booker 2016. Interesting titbit: author Robert Seethaler is also a sometime actor who has appeared on TV as well as on the big screen, notably playing a small role in legendary director Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth.

I read A Whole Life to review in time for German Literature Month, hosted annually by Lizzy’s Literary Life and Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat (week 1 focuses on books from, or set in, Austria), as well as Novellas in November, co-hosted by Cathy at 746Books and Bookish Beck (this week focuses on contemporary novellas).

The book centres on Andreas Egger, a man of few words, who is not inclined towards an…

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