By Henning Mankell
From the the world over acclaimed writer of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a robust stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn woman protagonist is awoken from her naïveté via her publicity to racism and by means of her personal unforeseen internal strengths.
chilly and poverty outline Hanna Renström’s early life in distant northern Sweden, and in 1904, at nineteen, she forums a boat for Australia in wish of a higher life. yet none of her hopes—or fears—prepares her for the existence she's going to lead. After short marriages either depart her widowed, she unearths herself the landlord of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a global the place colonialism and white colonists rule, the place she is remoted inside white society through her occupation and her gender, and, one of the bordello’s black prostitutes, via her colour. As Hanna’s tale unfurls over the subsequent a number of years during this “treacherous paradise,” she wrestles with a devastating loneliness and with the racism she’s intended to unthinkingly undertake. And as her lifestyles turns into more and more intertwined with the prostitutes’, she strikes inexorably towards the instant whilst she is going to decide that defies the entire expectancies society has of her and, extra vital, these she has of herself.
Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its center, a deeply relocating tale of a girl who manages to wrench knowledge, empathy, and charm from the main unforgiving circumstances.
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A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell