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56 popular austrian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Austria. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.


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3096 Days by Natascha Kampusch EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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The remarkable and shocking true account of the kidnap of Natascha Kampusch in 1998, who shares her deeply moving story. On 2 March 1998 ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was snatched off the street by a stranger and bundled into a white van. When she emerged from her prison eight years later, her childhood had gone. In 3,096 Days Natascha tells her incredible story for the first time: her difficult childhood, the day of her abduction, her imprisonment in a five-square-metre dungeon, and the mental and physical abuse she suffered from her abductor, Wolfgang Priklopil. A story about the triumph of... continue

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A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler EN

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Shortlisted for the Booker International Prize. Like John Williams' Stoner or Denis Johnson's Train Dreams, A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude. An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. It looks at the moments, big and small, that make us what we are. Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he... continue

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Amok by Stefan Zweig EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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A new pocket edition of this Conradian tale of maddening desire, from the master of the novella On a sweltering ocean-liner travelling from India to Europe a passenger tells his story: the tale of a doctor in the Dutch East Indies torn between his duty and the pull of his emotions; a tale of power and desire, pride and shame and a headlong flight into folly. This is one the most intense and incisive of the novellas which brought Stefan Zweig to worldwide fame.

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Berättelse om ett liv by Peter Handke SV

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I Berättelse om ett liv skriver Peter Handke om sin mammas tröstlösa liv och självmord i början av sjuttiotalet. Han berättar om att vara det första barnet med "fel" man, om ett äktenskap som faller samman och om en uppslitande tillvaro i Österrike och krigets och efterkrigstidens Berlin. Det är ett liv som ingen reagerar på, och som till slut går mot sin upplösning. Handkes berättelse är också en reflexion över det som berättas, över svårigheterna att skriva.

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Blackout : A Novel by Marc Elsberg EN

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
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"Fast, tense, thrilling -- and timely: this will happen one day. Highly recommended." --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series This is no accident. This is no act of God. This is Blackout. A terrifyingly plausible million-copy selling debut disaster thriller. When the lights go out one night, no one panics. Not yet. The lights always come back on soon, don't they? Surely it's a glitch, a storm, a malfunction. But something seems strange about this night. Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electrical grids collapse. There is no power, anywhere. ... continue

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Carta breve para un largo adiós by Peter Handke ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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Peter Handke (1942) es uno de los escritores actuales más importantes, polémicos y populares en lengua alemana. Publicada en 1972, CARTA BREVE PARA UN LARGO ADIÓS adopta, aparentemente, una de las formas más clásicas de la literatura alemana, la del «Entwicklungsroman» (la novela de formación de un carácter a través de la experiencia vivida). Pero lo que Handke describe en esta novela tradicional y revolucionaria, realista y romántica, relato de aventuras y de formación, que tiene América como telón de fondo y catalizador, no es tanto un viaje como un descenso; no una realidad, sino “su” reali... continue

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Chess Story by Stefan Zweig EN

Rating: 4 (6 votes)
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Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig's final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological. Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them ... continue

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Contra el viento del norte by Daniel Glattauer ES

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
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En la vida diaria ¿hay lugar más seguro para los deseos secretos que el mundo virtual? Leo Leike recibe mensajes por error de una desconocida llamada Emmi. Como es educado, le contesta y como él la atrae, ella escribe de nuevo. Así, poco a poco, se entabla un diálogo en el que no hay marcha atrás. Parece solo una cuestión de tiempo que se conozcan en persona, pero la idea los altera tan profundamente que prefieren posponer el encuentro. ¿Sobrevivirían las emociones enviadas, recibidas y guardadas un encuentro «real»? «Una novela dramática, loca, tierna, maravillosa y sobre todo emocionante...U... continue

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Das Licht ist hier viel heller by Mareike Fallwickl DE

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Ein soghafter Roman über das Gelingen und Scheitern von Beziehungen, über Macht und Machtmissbrauch, über Männer und Frauen und alles, was sie einander antun. Maximilian Wenger und seine Tochter Zoey haben nicht viel gemeinsam. Er liebt den Ruhm, den er einst als gefeierter Schriftsteller genossen hat. Sie möchte auf keinen Fall in der Öffentlichkeit stehen. Als Wenger Briefe einer unbekannten Frau erhält, die eigentlich an seinen Vormieter gerichtet sind, beginnen er und Zoey unabhängig voneinander zu lesen. Es sind Briefe voller Brutalität und ... continue


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