The Tobacconist (Hardback)
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The Tobacconist (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages
Published: 20/10/2016

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In the face of injustice what does it take to stand up and be counted?

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.

‘Never mind whether you fully understand the politics of a situation, Seethaler seems to be saying, if your instincts tell you something is unjust, act on them. All of which makes The Tobacconist essential reading for the early years of the 21st century.’ – The Scotsman

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509806584
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 364 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 21 mm

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“A true autumn story ”

I read this in just a few days - it was a page turner for me because I wasn't sure how it was going to end and I become quite attached to the main characters.
It is set just before the start of World War Two, so... More

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“A beautiful translation and simple story.”

This is a beautiful translation of a lovely novel showing the second world war through different eyes.
The novel follows Franzl, a young man from rural Austria who is forced to move to Vienna to work when his... More

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“Beautiful writing that captures the joys and horrors of looming adolescence and the wider world.”

The Tobacconist is a pre-wartime coming of age story that depicts a young, naïve adolescent confronted not only with city living, but also the wider realities of the world. Seetheler has crafted a well-considered book... More

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