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Der Trafikant Read Ì 104 Ã From the bestselling author of A Whole Life comes a moving account of an ordinary boy living through extraordinary times and the lengths we will go to in order to protect what we love When seventeen year old Franz exchanges his home in the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna his homesickness uickHe 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 Rei. Wonderful Perfect to read in these times of political upheaval Franz is a teenage boy trying to find his way in a turbulent world Austria in 1938 and he finds love and loss but also his creativity in the fragments of his dreams that he attaches to the tobacconist shop window I loved A Whole Life but think I love this story even because of Franz and the social issues the story raises This is my favourite read so far this year which I'm surprised by as I didn't think anything would beat Sebastian Barry's Days Without End

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From the bestselling author of A Whole Life comes a moving account of an ordinary boy living through extraordinary times and the lengths we will go to in order to protect what we love When seventeen year old Franz exchanges his home in the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna his homesickness uickly dissolves amidst the thrum of the city In his rol. 45 To take a terrible and horrifying time in history the Nazi invasion of Austria and be able to render a story infused with tenderness and beauty takes a great deal of talent A young man Franz sent from the Lake District by his mother to help an old friend of hers a Tobacconist by trade has a gradual awakening and loss of innocence with the things he sees happening Yet he refuses to let this define him and is determined to live his life the best he can He meets Sigmund Freud asks him uestions sits with him on a park bench trying to find the answers in how to find happiness from this great man The answers he receives leads him to seek out new experiences falling in love for the first time The prose in this book is beautiful so many poignant moments are captured by this amazing author's words Terrible times too all around young Franz who see things he only understands gradually He never gives up though continues to try to live his life honoring those he loved who are gone to his best capabilities In all ways a book whose execution filled me with awe A book to be read and savored or as my friend Cheri said slowly There is sadness too how could there not be but importantly hope and the spark that ignites one to keep trying never give up until forced That is this book and it is an amazing feat of writingARC from edelweiss

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Der TrafikantE 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 FranzIt is 1937 In a matter of months Germany will annex Austria and t. I’m very glad that I tried again with Seethaler I couldn’t grasp the appeal of A Whole Life because The Tobacconist is one of the few best novels I’ve read this year and very much a book for our times despite being set in 1937–8Seventeen year old Franz Huchel’s life changes for good when his mother sends him away from his uiet lakeside village to work for her old friend Otto Trsnyek a Vienna tobacconist “In Franz’s mind’s eye the future appeared like the line of a far distant shore materializing out of the morning fog still a little blurred and unclear but promising and beautiful too”Though the First World War left him with only one leg Trsnyek is a firebrand Instead of keeping his head down while selling his cigars and newspapers he makes his political opinions known This sees him branded as a “Jew lover” and persecuted accordingly One of the Jews he dares to associate with is Sigmund Freud who is a regular customer even though he already has throat cancer and will die just two years laterEspecially after he falls in love with Anezka a flirtatious but mercurial Bohemian girl Franz turns to Professor Freud for life advice “So I’m asking you have I gone mad Or has the whole world gone mad” The professor replies “yes the world has gone mad And have no illusions it’s going to get a lot madder than this”Through free indirect speech the thought lives of the various characters and the postcards and letters that pass between Franz and his mother Seethaler gradually and subtly reveals the deepening worry over the rise of Hitler and the situation of the Jews This novel is so many things a coming of age story a bittersweet romance an out of the ordinary World War IIHolocaust precursor and a perennially relevant reminder of the importance of finding the inner courage to stand up to oppressive systemsFreud and his family had enough money and influence to buy their way to England So many did not escape Hitler’s regime I knew that but discovered it anew in this outstanding novelSome favorite passages Dear MotherI’ve been here in the city for uite a while now yet to be honest it seems to me that everything just gets stranger But maybe it’s like that all through life—from the moment you’re born with every single day you grow a little bit further away from yourself until one day you don’t know where you are any Can that really be the way it isAnd as than twenty thousand supporters bellowed their assent into the clear Tyrolean mountain air Adolf Hitler was probably sitting beside the radio somewhere in Berlin licking his lips Austria lay before him like a steaming schnitzel on a plate Now was the time to carve it up People were cosseting their faint hearted troubles and hadn’t even noticed yet that the earth beneath their feet was burningfrom a letter from Mama Just imagine Hitler hangs on the wall even in the restaurant and the school now Right next to Jesus Although we have no idea what they think of each otherFreud “Most paths do at least seem vaguely familiar to me But it’s not actually our destiny to know the paths Our destiny is precisely not to know them We don’t come into this world to find answers but to ask uestions We grope around as it were in perpetual darkness and it’s only if we’re very lucky that we sometimes see a little flicker of light And only with a great deal of courage or persistence or stupidity—or best of all all three at once—can we make our mark here and there indicate the way”Originally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck