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Ledalina is the reconstructed text of a late nineteenth-century journal, written by an unnamed Dutch scholar, telling of dark and mysterious events that allegedly occurred in Durban just before the turn of the century, parts of which are as upsetting as they seem unusual for the period.

While the inquiry into a disconcerting incident turns into a multiple murder investigation, we gain a chilling glimpse into the darkest depths of human nature, as the unnamed author discovers traditional witchcraft and sinister voodoo rituals twisted into a darkly tragic story of love and sanity lost.

This fascinating journal has been translated to English and made available to the public for the first time since its discovery. Although it is quite short, Ledalina does not offer light or easy reading. The story is as frightening as it is fascinating; while the archaic, often confoundingly long sentences (a common characteristic of 19th-century writing) have been faithfully preserved by the translator and the editors.

"But what is even more consuming than my fear, is my curiosity. I am still in the possession of Ms Ledalina's letter, and the only way forward and the only way to ease my mind is to at least solve as much of this mystery as I can from my present position."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 120 x 190 x 10mm | 163g
  • English
  • 9916958920
  • 9789916958926

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"The original author takes the reader on a journey of discovery and it is terrifying. The unknown author and the unexplainable dogma that keeps them going to find the truth is, in and of itself, a fascinating story. The original author grabs us and crisscrosses over days so eventful that it would amount to someone else's experiences in a whole lifetime. For all that she is and what we only know from the author's piecing together of stories from the vague recollections of Ledalina's past acquaintances, it is ultimately the author who carries the golden ticket, so to speak, and the climax unfolds in astonishing detail." - Jamie Michele for Reader's Favorite
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