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The Tobacconist

by Robert Seethaler

A coming-of-age story with a real difference as country-boy Franz is overwhelmed by both passion and reason after his move to the city. This is a tragic book because the city is Vienna and the year 1938, but it is also the story of Franz's personal triumph told with compassion and understated humour. Highly recommended.

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Communists' and unconventional thinkers' subversive assets were being seized - but wasn't that only fair? Jewish people's property was being confiscated and their shops closed and managed by upright citizens - but weren't these just long overdue measures ... in our lovely city of Vienna? In our tolerant state of Austria so beloved of God?
Translated by Charlotte Collins

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