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Vienna 1948. War is over, and as the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amidst the rubble. The Crooked Maid tells the tale of Anna Beer, returning to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her husband’s infidelity. Travelling on the same train from Switzerland is 18-year-old Robert Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather’s sickbed where the secrets of his family’s past will be revealed. United as outsiders, Anna and Robert navigate their now un-recognisable city together.
With The Crooked Maid, Dan Vyleta proves himself a worthy successor to Graham Greene in his thrilling and evocative story of guilt and restitution set in Post-War Vienna.