The Tobacconist

Seethaler, Robert. The Tobacconist. Anansi International, 2016.

Seethaler, Robert. Ο καπνοπώλης. Ποταμός, 2018.

 “From The Man Booker International Prize finalist Robert Seethaler comes a tender, heartbreaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

Seventeen-year-old Franz Huchel journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz.

As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?”                                                                                                                                                           - from

About the author


Robert Seethaler was born in Vienna in 1966. He is the author of five novels, including the internationally acclaimed A Whole Life, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize this year. He also works as an actor, most recently in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Seethaler divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.”

                                                                                                            - from The Financial Times



Fiction books by the R. Seethaler available in Greek and English


Seethaler, Robert. Μια ολόκληρη ζωή. Utopia, 2017.

Seethaler, Robert. The tobacconist. Anansi International, 2017.

Seethaler, Robert. A whole life: a novel. Picador, 2017.




Σέβη Σαλαγιάννη, Ο καπνοπώλης,, 28.1.2019


Σιδέρης Ντιούδης, Ο καπνοπώλης,, 27.11.2018


Νίκος Κουρμουλής, Το τέλος της αθωότητας, "Τα Νέα"/ "Βιβλιοδρόμιο", 3.11.2018


Αικατερίνη Λιβιτσάνου - Ντάνου, Η προδιαγεγραμμένη μοίρα των ανθρώπων, "Fractal", Νοέμβριος 2018


Γρηγόρης Μπέκος, Φρόιντ, έρωτας και ναζισμός, "Το Βήμα"/ "Βιβλία", 29.7.2018


Ξένη Μπαλωτή, Ο καπνοπώλης,, 13.7.2018


Roger Cox, Book review: The Tobacconist, by Robert Seethaler, “The Scotsman”,, 11.10.2016

Rhys Tranter, Robert Seethaler, The Tobacconist,, 6.12.2016

Werner Garstenauer, In “The Tobacconist” author Robert Seethaler has Freud swapping psychotherapy for a few fine cigars, “Metropole”,, 31.3.2017



Interesting videos and websites (Robert Seethaler interviewed by The New York Times) (The official trailer for the movie The Tobacconist) (The author’s official website in German) (The author in conversation in German)