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If the dead could speak, what would they say to the living?

From their graves in the field, the oldest part of Paulstadt's cemetery, the town's late inhabitants tell stories from their lives. Some recall just a moment, perhaps the one in which they left this world, perhaps the one that they now realize shaped their life forever. Some remember all the people they've been with, or the only person they ever loved.

These voices together - young, old, rich poor - build a picture of a community, as viewed from below ground instead of from above. The streets of the small, sleepy provincial town of Paulstadt are given shape and meaning by those who lived, loved, worked, mourned and died there.

From the author of the Booker International-shortlisted A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler's The Field is about what happens at the end. It is a book of human lives - each one different, yet connected to countless others - that ultimately shows how life, for all its fleetingness, still has meaning.
By:   Robert Seethaler
Translated by:   Charlotte Collins
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   302g
ISBN:   9781529008067
ISBN 10:   1529008069
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   05 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Field

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 *

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