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Evelyn Grill - The Bonedigger’s Son


Titus’ mother has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Did she run away, was there an accident or was she murdered?

It’s been eight months since Titus’ mother disappeared without a trace. As a native Italian, she always remained a stranger in the village. His father had brought her with him from one of his expeditions. Rumors and suspicions quickly spread: Did she drown in the lake, did she run away with a lover, or was she the victim of a crime? Titus has been an outsider for years. He avoids people because of a burn scar in his face. The offer to live with and assist the new gravedigger seems like a good way to escape the confinement of his father’s home. As it turns out, the gravedigger is no stranger… Evelyn Grill takes her readers on a journey into a dark world full of secrets. Thrilling suspense from first to last page!

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136 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701716050
Release date: 26.02.2013

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Evelyn Grill

born in Garsten, Upper Austria in 1942, Grill is a freelance writer living in Freiburg im Breisgau and since 2017 back in Linz. In 2017 she was awarded the OÖ-Landeskulturpreis für Literatur. Published by Residenz Verlag: "Vanitas oder Hofstätters Begierden" (Vanitas or Hofstaetter's Desire) (2005, nominated for Deutscher Buchpreis), "Der Sammler" (The Collector) (2006, awarded the Otto-Stoessl-Preis), "Wilma" (new edition 2007), "Das römische Licht" (The Roman Light) (2008), "Das Antwerpener Testament" (The Antwerpian Will) (2011), "Der Sohn des Knochenzählers" (The bondedigger's son) (2013) "Der Begabte" (The Talent) (2019)  and most recently "Der Nachlass" (The Legacy) (2022).


Evelyn Grill has written a novel that shows emotional rejections as well as the family as place of cruelty and loneliness. One of the reasons for her success in writing is her strict stylistics - in not more than 130 pages she tells a breath-taking and poetically elegant story.
[DEUTSCHLANDRADIO, Lerke von Saalfeld]

Evelyn Grill composed an impressive arc of suspsense which lasts from the beginning to the very end. (...) Evelyn Grill has written a haunting and gripping novel, well beyond the slim volume of the book.
[BADISCHE ZEITUNG, Bettina Gröber]

It is worth reading this book several times, because it is constructed that elaborately. At the same time it is gripping. (...). When reading it exactly, we cannot elude the unrelenting coherence of the events. One is able to feel the anxiety physically. (...). Mrs. Grill has a great sense of humour and I can imagine that while writing, maybe while reading the book aloud, she at least inwardly had to laugh. The humour, the hopelessness of the situation and the parable-like story remind of Franz Kafka, who is said to have laughed heartily about his stories as well.
[STIFTERHAUS, Helmut Sturm]

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