Graham Greene meets Dostoevsky in a thrilling
and atmospheric story of guilt and restitution set in postwar Vienna.
Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as the
initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to
rebuild their lives amid the rubble.
Beer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her
husband’s infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive
him. Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is eighteen-year-old Robert
Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather’s sickbed and the secrets
of his family’s past.
Anna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, they cross paths with a
war-widowed American journalist, a hunchbacked young servant girl, and a former
POW 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 of
a man, his head wrapped in a red scarf, battles demons from his past and hides
from a future deeply uncertain for all.
In The Crooked Maid, Dan Vyleta returns to the shadows of
war-darkened Vienna, proving himself once again “a magical storyteller, master
of the macabre” (David Park). Download and start listening now!