Book Club Goethe Book Club: “A Whole Life” by Robert Seethaler

Robert Seethaler - A Whole Life © Picador Robert Seethaler - A Whole Life © Picador

Tue, 03/23/2021


Meet to discuss works from contemporary German-speaking authors in our Goethe Book Club hosted by Chris Walker. Each selection can be read in its English translation or original German; the discussion will be in English. 
Book cover: Seethaler -  Ein ganzes Leben © Picador Robert Seethaler: A Whole Life (2014, translated 2017)

When Andreas Egger comes to the valley where he will spend his life, he is approximately four years old - no one knows for sure. He grows up to be a qualified farmhand and then joins the workforce as a young man building one of the first mountain railways, which brings electricity and the resulting light and noise to the valley. Then comes the day when Egger first finds Marie, the love of his life, who he will lose again. Only many years later, when Egger starts his last journey, is she with him again. And he, for whom much time has passed, looks at the years that lie behind him in awe. A simple and deeply moving story.
Robert Seethaler, born 1966 in Vienna, is an award-winning writer and scriptwriter. His novels The Tobacconist (2012), A Whole Life (2014), and Das Feld (2018, “The Field” – not yet translated) have achieved great international success. Seethaler lives in Vienna and Berlin.

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