The Tobacconist - Robert Seethaler
Set in early 20th-century Vienna, Freud exists in this fictional tale to guide and provide some much-needed advice for a young man going through difficult emotional struggles.
Seventeen-year-old Franz leaves his home and the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna. He is apprenticed to an elderly tobacconist, among whose regulars is Professor Freud, whose predilection for cigars and occasional willingness to dispense romantic advice will forge a bond between him and young Franz.
It is 1937. In a matter of months Germany will annex Austria and the storm that has been threatening to engulf the little tobacconist will descend, leaving the lives of Franz and everyone he know irredeemably changed...
'Tender and elegaic ... Devastating ... Complex, ambitious and moving.' - Times Literary Supplement
'Told with a dry wit that enhances, rather than disguises, the sadness of its story, The Tobacconist is a touching miniature of an ordinary life irrevocably altered by the large forces of history' - Sunday Times