DJC Reading Circle: The Tobacconist
May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
Facilitated by Kalman Weiser
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?
Kalman Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University. He is presently working on a book about the relationship between German Yiddish researchers who became Nazis and their Jewish colleagues and the response of Yiddish scholarship to the Holocaust.
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