Robert Seethaler was born in Vienna in 1966 and is the author of several novels including A Whole Life and The Tobacconist. A Whole Life was shortlisted for the Booker International, read on Radio 4, garnered huge acclaim and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
The whole thing is so wonderfully crafted . . . that you literally don't want to stop reading, that you're sad to come to the end . . . What he has mastered like few other authors in German literary history is to give all his characters a profound dignity. * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * This book about a village's dead proves that subtle literary quality and bestseller success do not have to be mutually exclusive. * Die Zeit * One of those rare novels that can move you existentially, and change you. * SWR *