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Dan Vyleta - Author

About the Author

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK where he completed a PhD in History at King's College, Cambridge. His debut novel, Pavel & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Quiet Twin, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and his third, The Crooked Maid, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the J.I Segal Award. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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SMOKE, SOOT & ASH

SMOKE, SOOT & ASH

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2017

Angliya. Vek tomu nazad, plyus-minus neskol'ko let. Angliya, gde lyudi, porochnye v myslyah ili delah, otmecheny dymom - on istekaet iz ih tel, i ehto priznak chelovecheskogo padeniya. Aristokraty ne ispuskayut dyma, i ehto dokazatel'stvo ih pravednosti i prava na vlast', ved' nizshie klassy v otlichie ot nih pogryazli v grekhe i sazhe. EHlitnaya shkola-pansion, gde synov'ya bogachej gotovyatsya prinyat' vlast' kak svoe pravo po rozhdeniyu. Uchitelya, svyazannye zagadochnymi uzami s protivoborstvuyushchimi partiyami v vysshih pravitel'stvennyh krugah. Troe podrostkov, uznayushchih, chto vse, chemu ih uchili, - lozh', i znanie ehto mozhet stoit' im zhizni. Starinnoe pomest'e, ch'i cherdaki i tajnye laboratorii hranyat neveroyatnye tajny. Lyubovnyj treugol'nik. Otchayannoe presledovanie. Zagovorshchiki i tajnaya policiya. Ubijstvo. Neozhidannye zlodei i neozhidannye geroi. Holodnyj rassudok protiv strasti. Bogatstvo protiv bednosti. Pravil'noe protiv nepravil'nogo, hotya chto est' pervoe, chto vtoroe - neyasno. Takov mir "e;Dyma"e; - uvlekatel'nejshego povestvovaniya, istorii po-dikkensovski hitroumnoj i neveroyatno izobretatel'noj, s bogatoj hudozhestvennoj atmosferoj i zahvatyvayushchim syuzhetom, vpolne v duhe takih znamenityh sovremennyh bestsellerov kak "e;Dzhonatan Strendzh i mister Norrell"e; Syuzanny Klark i "e;Malen'kij, bol'shoj"e; Dzhona Krauli.

Smoke

Smoke

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2016

'The laws of Smoke are complex. Not every lie will trigger it. A fleeting thought of evil may pass unseen. Next thing you know its smell is in your nose. There is no more hateful smell in the world than the smell of Smoke...' If sin were visible and you could see people's anger, their lust and cravings, what would the world be like? Smoke opens in a private boarding school near Oxford, but history has not followed the path known to us. In this other past, sin appears as smoke on the body and soot on the clothes. Children are born carrying the seeds of evil within them. The ruling elite have learned to control their desires and contain their sin. They are spotless. It is within the closeted world of this school that the sons of the wealthy and well-connected are trained as future leaders. Among their number are two boys, Thomas and Charlie. On a trip to London, a forbidden city shrouded in smoke and darkness, the boys will witness an event that will make them question everything they have been told about the past. For there is more to the world of smoke, soot and ash than meets the eye and there are those who will stop at nothing to protect it . . .

Smoke

Smoke

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2016

Readers of the Harry Potter series and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell are sure to be mesmerized by Dan Vyleta's thrilling blend of historical fiction and fantasy, as three young friends scratch the surface of the grown-up world to discover startling wondersand dangerous secrets. ';Dan Vyletawrites with intricacy and imagination and skillful pacing; never once would I have considered putting his book down.In the manner of both a Dickens novel and the best young adult adventure stories (the Harry Potter series among them). . .his ending, which I wouldn't dare reveal here, is a real firecracker.'Jennifer Senior,The New York Times Welcome to a Victorian England unlike any other you have experienced before. Here, wicked thoughts (both harmless and hate-filled) appear in the air as telltale wisps of Smoke. Young Thomas Argyle, a son of aristocracy, has been sent to an elite boarding school. Here he will be purged of Wickedness, for the wealthy do not Smoke. When he resists a sadistic headboy's temptations to Smoke, a much larger struggle beyond the school walls is revealed. Shortly thereafter, on a trip to London, Thomas and his best friend witness events that make them begin to question everything they have been taught about Smoke. And thus the adventure begins... You will travel by coach to a grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories; where young love blossoms; and where a tumultuous relationship between a mother and her children is the crucible in which powerful passions are kindled, and dangerous deeds must be snuffed out in a desperate race against time.From the Hardcover edition.

The Crooked Maid

The Crooked Maid

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

The Second World War is over - and yet it lives on. As the initial phase of denazification draws to a close, people across Vienna begin to rebuild their lives amidst the rubble. Anna Beer returns to the city she fled years earlier upon discovering her husband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive him. Travelling on the same train is eighteen-year-old Robert Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather's sickbed and the secrets of his family's past. As Anna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, beneath the bombed-out ruins a ghost of a man, wrapped in a red scarf, battles demons from his past and hides from a future that is deeply uncertain for all.

Quiet Twin

Quiet Twin

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2014

Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed, and he wants to know why. But these are uncharitable times, and one must be careful where one probes. When an unexpected house call leads Dr. Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of Zuzka, the professor's niece. Wide-eyed, flirtatious, and not detectably ill, Zuzka leads the young doctor to her window and opens up a view of their apartment block that Beer has never known. Across the shared courtyard there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic. Five windows to the left lives a secretive mime who comes home late at night and keeps something-or someone-precious hidden from view. From the garret drifts the mournful sound of an Oriental's trumpet, and a basement door swings closed behind the building's inscrutable janitor. Does one of these enigmatic neighbors have blood on their hands? Dr. Beer, who has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny, reluctantly becomes embroiled in an enquiry that forces him to face the dark realities of Nazi rule.

Crooked Maid

Crooked Maid

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: eBook Release Date: 06/08/2013

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. Anna 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. As 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 "e;a magical storyteller, master of the macabre"e; (David Park).

The Quiet Twin

The Quiet Twin

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed and he wants to know why. But these are uncharitable times and one must be careful where one probes... When an unexpected house call leads Doctor Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of Zuzka, the professor's niece. Wide-eyed, flirtatious, and not detectably ill, Zuzka leads the young doctor to her window and opens up a view of their apartment block that Beer has never known. Across the shared courtyard there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic. Five windows to the left lives a secretive mime who comes home late at night and keeps something - or someone - precious hidden from view. From the garret drifts the mournful sound of an Oriental's trumpet, and a basement door swings closed behind the building's inscrutable janitor. Does one of these enigmatic neighbours have blood on their hands? Doctor Beer, who has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny, reluctantly becomes embroiled in an enquiry that forces him to face the dark realities of Nazi rule.

Quiet Twin

Quiet Twin

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2011

Der stumme Zwilling

Der stumme Zwilling

Author: Dan Vyleta Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2011

Neo Noir vom Feinsten - als hatten sich Alfred Hitchcock und Paul Auster in einem dusteren Wiener Kaffeehaus auf einen Einspanner getroffen. Oktober 1939. Mysterise Gewalttaten erschttern ein Wiener Mietshaus. Eine der Bewohnerinnen, die junge Zuzka, beobachtet in den Fenstern zum Innenhof rtselhafte Dinge: den verschwiegenen Pantomimen, der sich sptnachts an etwas (oder jemandem?) zu schaffen macht, die kleine Anneliese, deren trinkender Vater etwas zu verheimlichen scheint, und den groben Hausmeister, aus dessen Keller seltsame Gerusche dringen. Sie zieht den Arzt Anton Beer zurate, und als beide den Vorfllen nachgehen, erffnet sich ihnen ein Kabinett von Sonderlingen, Nazispitzeln, zwielichtigen Frauen - und potenziellen Mrdern. Doch Beer hat eigene Grnde, nicht ins Fadenkreuz von Polizei und Gestapo zu geraten ... Der stumme Zwilling ist ein grandioser Roman Noir, ein packendes Kammerspiel und das brillante Psychogramm einer paranoiden Gesellschaft am Rande des Abgrunds.

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