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Chronicler Of The Winds
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A major event in publishing - Henning Mankell's departure from the crime genre will attract huge interest and this mesmerising fable will broaden his readership

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Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children's Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience. www.henningmankell.com

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A departure for Swedish crime novelist Mankell, this work takes place in an African country after the overthrow of its longtime dictator by revolutionaries. In the ensuing confusion, bandits terrorize the countryside and conscript young boys into their ranks, among them the child Nelio. Nelio escapes and journeys to a big city, where he joins up with a group of street children. When Nelio is shot, he is cared for by a baker named Jos? and tells Jos? his story, ending with the gunshot that leads to his death. Nelio's tragic tale changes Jos?'s life, and he decides to spend his own life telling Nelio's story, thus becoming known as the "Chronicler of the Winds." Mankell's novel is about the broken legacy of colonialism and the greed and violence that follow in its wake. The heroes (and victims) of this chaos are boys like Nelio and Jos? who refuse to succumb to the brutality that surrounds them. Timely and well worth reading, this is highly recommended for all libraries.-Rebecca Stuhr, Grinnell Coll. Libs., IA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Mankell's evocative, quietly powerful novel, first published in 1995, tells the unbearably sad story of 10-year-old Nelio, a mortally wounded street kid in an unnamed African port city. After revolutionary soldiers kill his family and most of the people in his village ("to show us they were serious in their struggle to liberate us and help us have a better life"), Nelio makes his way to the city where he joins a gang of homeless orphans, eventually-and reluctantly-becoming their leader. They have "only one mission in life: to survive," but that's essentially all they can hope for. Mankell, best known for his Kurt Wallander mystery series (The Dogs of Riga, etc.), vividly depicts in this heartbreaking fable the ongoing tragedy of Africa's disenfranchised. At times the narrative strays too far from Nelio's story and the tone slips into a kind of magical realism, but it's impossible not to be moved by the tale of Nelio's short and painful life. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A hypnotic, mystical tale of street children... Ultimately, this is a wonderful book about the importance of stories, its own sheer quality providing its best argument -- John Harding * Daily Mail *
Nelio's story is unfurled with pace and drama... Mankell writes eloquently of the realities of poverty and violence without becoming sugary or didactic...an expert craftsman * Observer *
A wonderful, lyrical fable...beautiful...it is hard to leave Nelio at the end * Vogue *
This is a deeply affecting read, one of those rare novels whose taste lingers for days afterwards -- Barry Didcock * Sunday Herald *
An elegant story about storytelling -- Tristan Quinn * Literary Review *

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