In the 1950s a routine underground inspection in a gold mine turns into a horrifying experience for a South African mining engineer.
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Four teenagers investigating a catacomb that has appeared at the back of a giant Johannesburg cemetery unleash an ancient evil bent on bringing the Apocalypse. Armed only with their wits and with a little help from a mystery man, the four take on a dangerous mission that will change their lives forever.
Theodor, the eighty-five year old protagonist in this engaging short novel, writes of his early years in Johannesburg in the 1930s and 1940s.
The story begins as he remembers how his journey began. It ends with his arrival in the fledgling Israeli state to serve his ancient homeland as a soldier-farmer on an outlying kibbutz. But the main focus is reserved for the often funny and always ironic accounts of the childhood and youth of an intelligent Jewish boy growing up in a dusty mining town in Africa.