A couple of novels from way, way back from an author I had never heard of until Pushkin Vertigo re-issued some of his work..... Leo Perutz
From Pushkin's website....
Little Apple (1928)
Vittorin, a young Austrian officer released from a Russian prisoner-of-war camp returns home to Vienna where his family, his girlfriend and his old job await him. But he cannot even think of settling into a new life until he has tracked down the camp commandant who bullied his prisoners.
Saint Peter's Snow (1933)It could have been a common street accident that put Dr. Georg Amberg in the hospital, but for the five weeks his doctors say he has been in a coma, recovering from a brain hemorrhage after being run down by a car, he has memories of a more disturbing nature. What of the violent events in the rural village of Morwede? The old woman threatening the priest with a breadknife, angry peasants with flails and cudgels, Baron von Malchin with a pistol defending his dreams for the Holy Roman Empire - how could Dr. Amberg ignore these? And what of the secret experiment to make a mind-altering drug from a white mildew occurring on wheat - a mildew called Saint
In this feverish tale of a man caught in the balance between two realities, Leo Pertuz offers a mystery of identity and a fable of faith and political fervor, banned by the Nazis when it was first published in 1933. Saint Peter's Snow is typical of Perutz's storytelling mastery: extraordinarily rich and elegant fiction that is taut with suspense, full of Old World irony and humor.