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A Whole Life

Written by Robert Seethaler • Translated by Charlotte Collins

Published October 03, 2015 | ISBN 9781487000752
FICTION / Literary

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160 pages | 8.50 in × 5.50 in
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About this book

A Whole Life

Robert Seethaler • Charlotte Collins

Shortlisted for The 2017 National Translation Award

Shortlisted for The 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

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.

About the Author

Robert Seethaler

Robert Seethaler is an Austrian living in Berlin and is the author of four previous novels. He also works as an actor, most recently in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth.

Charlotte Collins

Awards and Praise
The Austrian writer Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life is a lovely contemplation of a life in solitude in a remote valley, into which the modern world slowly intrudes.
  • Winner Anton-Wildgans Prize, 2017
  • Short-listed National Translation Award, 2017
  • Short-listed The Man Booker International Prize, 2016