The Crooked Maid: A Novel
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: August 2013
Duration: 15 hours 48 minutes
Graham Greene meets Dostoevsky in a thrillingand atmospheric story of guilt and restitution set in postwar Vienna.
Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as theinitial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle torebuild their lives amid the rubble.
AnnaBeer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering herhusband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgivehim. Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is eighteen-year-old RobertSeidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather's sickbed and the secretsof his family's past.
AsAnna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, they cross paths with awar-widowed American journalist, a hunchbacked young servant girl, and a formerPOW whose primary purpose is to survive by any means-and to forget. Meanwhile,in the shells of burned-out houses and beneath the bombed-out ruins, a ghost ofa man, his head wrapped in a red scarf, battles demons from his past and hidesfrom a future deeply uncertain for all.
In The Crooked Maid, Dan Vyleta returns to the shadows ofwar-darkened Vienna, proving himself once again "a magical storyteller, masterof the macabre" (David Park).