1954, Antwerp. Author. Illustrator. Writes for all readers of all ages.
Kristien Dieltiens was a teacher for many years before starting to write full-time in 2010. She has over fifty books to her name. She made her debut in 1997 with De gouden bal (The Golden Ball), a read-aloud picture book for children and adults. Dieltiens loves ‘stories with a deeper meaning’ that treat important themes that children will face at some point in their lives, such as loss and death. She also writes historical novels for young adults, such as the trilogy Olrac (2000), Aude (2005), and Candide (2007). Dieltiens writes in a cinematic, sensory style, and gives her characters intense, psychological depth. She writes from the point of view of young people, does not shy away from topics that are difficult to talk about, and alternates between seriousness with humour effortlessly. She always conducts thorough research for her stories, such as the award-winning Kelderkind (In the dark, 2012), for which she travelled to various cities in Germany to immerse herself in the story of the intriguing Kaspar Hauser. Her books have been translated into more than five languages.
In the dark
Urachhaus Verlag, 2016
Translated by Eva Schweikart
Original title: Kelderkind (De Eenhoorn, 2012)
German title: Kellerkind
Germany, 19th century. Manfred has a harelip. Every day he experiences how the world rejects ugly people. On Whit Monday 1828 there is a boy on the square in Neurenberg. The 16 year old foundling can only write his name: Kaspar Hauser. Was he locked in a cellar all those years? And what does he have to do with Manfred?
A thrilling novel based on historical facts, about the famous 'wolf child' of Neurenberg.
'In The Dark' is an epic story about life and identity that is hard to put down.
Kristien Dieltiens masters the complex story in what can easily be called her magnum opus.