Litfest International Fiction Book Club

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Upcoming Meetings

Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps …. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn’t ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain.

The next Zoom meeting of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club will be on Monday 16 November at 6.30pm. Our November choice is A Whole Life by the admired Austrian novelist Robert Seethaler, translated from the German by Charlotte Collins, and published in paperback and eBook by Picador.  A Whole Life was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Book International Prize, won the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translators’ Prize and was shortlisted for 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

Our guest for this discussion will be the translator Charlotte Collins.

To join, email Bill Swainson:

About the Book Club

Every month the Litfest International Book Club meets to discuss some of the best works of contemporary fiction in translation, creating a series of friendly sessions with the aim of discovering what’s new and exciting in international literature. And we will make a point of choosing paperback books that are easy to find in libraries and bookshops.


Transcripts of previous meetings, including any discussions with writers, translators, editors and prize judges will be made available for all to read online.

Due to the current situation, meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are held online.  If you would like to join us virtually by Zoom, please email Bill Swainson ( who will send you the joining details for each meeting.