A Sailor of Austria
A Sailor of Austria

A Sailor of Austria

In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire

The Otto Prohaska Novels


376 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $23.95 (US $23.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: September 2005

ISBN 9781590131077

Rights: WOR

McBooks Press (Sep 2005)


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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.


"Stark realism and finely crafted humor... use of narration, his thorough knowledge, and good technical details make this novel compelling reading."  —Library Journal

"Biggins writes with a fine sense of the sea and a truly marvelous wit."  —Booklist

Author Biography

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.