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Eliza Granville

  • Original Title: GRETEL AND THE DARK
  • Publication date: February 2014
  • Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON
  • Country: GB
  • 362 print pages
  • Fantastic


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: Austria, Germany
  • Themes: FAMILY, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Life change, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Survival, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts, Dysfunctional family, Identity crisis, Disease, Death, Resilience, Double identity, Psychological dysfunction, Violence, Power, Totalitarian regime, Obscurantism, Fanaticism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Intolerance, CHARACTERS, Child


In Vienna, in 1889, the psychoanalyst Josef Breuer meets a young girl who claims to have no name or feelings. He tries to understand where her troubles come from. A few years later, in Germany, Krysta lives in memory of the fairy tales of her childhood to protect herself from the barbarism that reigns.


Debut novel.

Eliza Granville is a British writer.


Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer—celebrated psychoanalyst—is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings—to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance.

Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the "animal people," so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed...

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