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In 1878, aspiring entomologist Hans Bengler travels to the Kalahari Desert in hopes of making a name for himself by discovering a previously unknown insect or two. There he encounters a boy named Molo, an orphan whose family has been killed by European colonists. Bengler “civilizes” the boy by rechristening him Daniel, teaching him to pray to the Christian god, and finally bringing him home to Sweden. The boy is bewildered and awed by the new land, cut off from his culture and the spirits of his family, and Bengler finds that raising a child across a great cultural divide is more difficult than he imagined. A psychological drama of one boy’s struggle to find his place in a new land far from home, Daniel is a compelling novel for our modern globalized world.

Review:

"Historical touches mingle with elements of magic realism to convey themes dear to the author's heart." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"An engrossing story, with a real sense of pace and adventure, illuminated by empathy with the bewilderment and longing of a clever, lonely child." The Independent (London)

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"A quiet tragedy." The Boston Globe

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"Mankell's fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable." The New York Times Book Review

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"A writer with the imagination, brains, resources...[who] make[s] thoughtful, challenging, exciting, artistic novels." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Mankell is expert at depicting brutal scenes. He's also adept at getting inside exotic heads like Daniel's; this book's greatest strength is imagination. Its second greatest is empathy." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"Earnest and heartbreaking....Mankell fully understands Daniel's radically different cultural perspective and indelibly captures the boy's longing to return to his homeland and the tragic consequences of his forced exile." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A haunting and fascinating story of clashes of culture and race in the nineteenth century as well as a touching, sometimes cruel examination of familial and other human ties." Booklist

About the Author

Internationally bestselling novelist and playwright Henning Mankell has received the German Tolerance Prize and the U.K.’s Golden Dagger Award and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize three times. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he has worked as the director of Teatro Avenida since 1985.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307385840
Author:
Mankell, Henning
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
sweden;africa;namibia;fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.97 x 5.18 x 0.63 in 0.48 lb

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Product details 288 pages Vintage Books - English 9780307385840 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Historical touches mingle with elements of magic realism to convey themes dear to the author's heart."
"Review" by , "An engrossing story, with a real sense of pace and adventure, illuminated by empathy with the bewilderment and longing of a clever, lonely child."
"Review" by , "A quiet tragedy."
"Review" by , "Mankell's fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable."
"Review" by , "A writer with the imagination, brains, resources...[who] make[s] thoughtful, challenging, exciting, artistic novels."
"Review" by , "Mankell is expert at depicting brutal scenes. He's also adept at getting inside exotic heads like Daniel's; this book's greatest strength is imagination. Its second greatest is empathy."
"Review" by , "Earnest and heartbreaking....Mankell fully understands Daniel's radically different cultural perspective and indelibly captures the boy's longing to return to his homeland and the tragic consequences of his forced exile."
"Review" by , "A haunting and fascinating story of clashes of culture and race in the nineteenth century as well as a touching, sometimes cruel examination of familial and other human ties."
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