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Richard Dübell

Das Buch der Finsternis
(The Book of Darkness)


Ravensburger Buchverlag, September 2014, 384pp.
ISBN: 978 3 473 40112 3

The Book of Darkness is a medieval thriller for young teens set in and around Salzburg.

Fourteen-year-old Quirin serves Master Lukas, a printer. Not yet properly apprenticed, he has to perform the dangerous, dirty work of crawling around inside the press, carrying out repairs.

Master Lukas is summoned to an abbey several days’ journey away, to produce copies of some valuable books. Quirin accompanies him, and shortly after their arrival Master Lukas entrusts him with a small, locked chest. In a panic, he instructs him to take the chest to the Bishop of Salzburg.

Quirin flees with the chest and subsequently witnesses Lukas being pursued. Brandishing a book, Lukas jumps into the river and drowns. As he shelters nearby, Quirin re-encounters Anna, a fourteen-yearold who works at the abbey. She tells Quirin the rumours about the book of darkness, the dark counterpart to the book of life, in which the devil writes the names of those who belong to him.

They decide to flee over the mountains to Salzburg, but in order to get the book to the Bishop they must flee packs of dogs, avoid the plague, and escape capture; making friends – and enemies – along the way …


Richard Dübell was born in 1962 and is one of the most popular authors of historical fiction in Germany. His books Die Pforten der Ewigkeit and the Teufelsbibel trilogy were bestsellers. Following Löwenherz. Im Auftrag des Königs, this is his second historical novel for young adults.

Previous works include:
Löwenherz. Im Auftrag des Königs (2012)


Application for assistance with translation costs – Germany

Translation rights available from:
Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier
Contact: Florence Christ
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The Ravensburger Buchverlag – founded in 1883 by Otto Maier – publishes Children’s and Young Adult books for all ages. The blue triangle is a guarantor for products of high quality. Ravensburger publishes storybooks for small children, books for first readers, and children’s non-fiction. They publish around 450 books per year, and more than 1,900 titles are available.