Vlad: The Undead

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Lucia, a young Danish medical student, receives an unusual inheritance from her grandfather — a sheaf of old crumbling papers. During her summer vacation, in the isolation of a dark apartment in Copenhagen, she realizes these are no ordinary documents. The manuscript tells the story of a Romanian sea captain found half-dead and stranded on his ship, the Demeter, off the coast of England in 1894. Before dying, the captain dictates his bizarre story to Lucia’s great-grandfather, the captain’s doctor. The doctor ...
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Overview

Lucia, a young Danish medical student, receives an unusual inheritance from her grandfather — a sheaf of old crumbling papers. During her summer vacation, in the isolation of a dark apartment in Copenhagen, she realizes these are no ordinary documents. The manuscript tells the story of a Romanian sea captain found half-dead and stranded on his ship, the Demeter, off the coast of England in 1894. Before dying, the captain dictates his bizarre story to Lucia’s great-grandfather, the captain’s doctor. The doctor learns that during its last trip from the Black Sea to England, the ship had been plagued by disappearances. It soon becomes clear that one of the ship’s passengers was the monster of the stories the captain had heard as a child. Vlad Dracula was a vampire who had used the Demeter to carry himself and his evil cargo to the Western world. Written as a series of manuscripts, letters, and diary entries, Vlad the Undead brings to life the brilliant, ambitious, and ruthless prince of 15th-century Romania and a contemporary young woman’s fascination with him.
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Children's Literature - Catherine Petrini
Danish author (and translator) Hanna Lutzen's first novel is a suspenseful, imaginative, and thought-provoking story that intertwines plots from three eras. In 1994, Lucia, a Danish medical student, pores over a hundred-year-old account by a Roumanian sea captain about the final, fatal voyage of his ship, the Demeter, and the background of a mysterious, hypnotic passenger. At first Lucia assumes the bizarre tale is nothing more than the hysterical ravings of a dying man. Soon she is drawn into the life story of the immortal Vlad Dracula, a 15th-century prince of Roumania, and his struggles against the Islamic expansion into Europe. As Vlad grows to adulthood in the harsh, cruel world of the Middle Ages, he comes to realize who (and what) he is, and what he is capable of. As Lucia reads the sea captain's account, she comes to understand Vlad and to recognize, in him, her own darkest desires and the path to her true destiny. Through the use of letters, diary entries, and the captain's tale (as recorded by Lucia's great grandfather), Lutzen weaves together the young woman's chilling modern-day transformation; the Demeter's hellish 1894 voyage; and the violent, graphic details of Vlad's early life. This moody horror novel is not for small children, but young adults who are intrigued by vampires-and history-will find it spookily satisfying.
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Gr 9 Up-A lyrical and lurid retelling of the Dracula legend. On the surface, this is the story of Vlad Dracula as related by the captain of a 19th-century sailing ship and what happens to a young woman reading that account in the late 20th century. The novel is also a compelling discourse on the nature and attraction of evil, and the triumph and surrender of individuality. Lucia is a Danish medical student who lives in her Uncle Wille's apartment. Before his death in England, her grandfather sends her a 100-year-old manuscript that has been passed down through the family. It is the account of Josef Maresciu, the mortally injured captain of the sailing ship Demeter. Maresciu had taken a passenger aboard, a fellow Roumanian named Vlad Dracula. As Lucia reads the account of the voyage, she becomes increasingly obsessed with the character of Vlad. Maresciu's script is eclipsed and there is finally only Lucia's telling of Vlad's story, which ultimately becomes her own. The novel is written as a series of manuscripts, letters, and diary entries-all that is left of Lucia when Wille returns some months later to the demolished apartment. The author has firmly grounded her novel in what is historically known of the real 15th-century Roumanian Prince Vlad, a man of horrid cruelty who was also a stalwart defender and savior of his country from the invading Ottoman Empire. The growing attraction that Lucia feels for him is made shockingly believable. A haunting and compelling read.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888993427
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Pages: 190
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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