Heimito von Doderer is the undisputed master of the modern Austrian novel. Although not a writer of mystery and detective fiction in the narrow sense of the term, Doderer, like Fyodor Dostoevski, adapted the conventions of the genre to his own ends. In his novels, as in Dostoevski’s, crime and detection have a metaphysical significance. Doderer’s readers must themselves become “detectives,” able to distinguish between different levels of reality. In his short fiction as well, Doderer reveals the influence of the mystery genre; his treatment of the mysterious and the supernatural is in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe.