18 A Whole Life

18 A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

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Staff Recommendation: This deceptively gentle book has a dignity and weight that steals over the reader, so that one cannot help but slow down and consider one’s own ‘whole life’. Following Andreas Egger from his boyhood to his death, through a life spent mainly in a small Austrian Alpine village, the novel still manages to encompass the major shifts of the twentieth century. Love, war, nature, work, community and home are themes that flow through the book in a style that does not over-dramatize. The events and experiences of Egger’s life are more powerfully felt through this skilled restraint, and this is one short novel that creates and fills a space in the mind.