A Sailor of Austria by John Biggins
A Novel

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In this ironic, hilarious, and poignant story, Otto Prohaska is a submarine captain serving the almost-landlocked Austro-Hungarian Empire. He faces a host of unlikely circumstances, from petrol poisoning to exploding lavatories to trigger-happy Turks. All signs point to the total collapse of the bloated empire he serves, but Otto refuses to abandon the Habsburgs in their hour of need.

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John Biggins came across photos of the Austro-Hungarian submarine service in 1987. He subsequently wrote the four-book Otto Prohaska series, a cult classic with literary flair and an ironic twist. A native of England, Biggins currently lives in the Netherlands.
Published September 1, 2005 by McBooks Press. 378 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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rather than describing any truly compelling near misses or close calls, Otto is more likely to tell us, ``It sounds an unenviable predicament...but it was not so bad.'' The scenes at home with family and friends are too few to provide a fuller sense of character.

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