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Frozen Time

Anna Kim
CATEGORIES: Person/Place/Event

From A Year of Reading the World: “Slender though it may be, Frozen Time rivals many a weightier tome for depth and scope. From Written by South Korean-born Anna Kim, who moved to Austria from Germany aged seven and regards German as her mother tongue, the narrative follows a young researcher in Vienna’s Red Cross Tracing Service as she attempts to help a Kosovan man discover what happened to his wife during the war in former Yugoslavia. The narrator finds herself drawn more and more into the man’s trauma, and, as the lines in their professional relationship become blurred, she is forced to confront unfinished business of her own in Kosovo.”

(Recommended by Ann Morgan, author and TED speaker)

The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler

The Tobacconist

Robert Seethaler
CATEGORIES: Person/Place/Event

In 1937, just before the Germans occupy Austria, an apprentice tobacconist befriends Sigmund Freud, who counsels him on love and other life affairs. Seethaler was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2016. (Book recommended by H.E. Wolfgang A. Waldner, Austrian ambassador to the U.S., in CN Traveler. “Its quiet wisdom and sincerity resonated with me very deeply.”)

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