By Henning Mankell
From the across the world 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 by way of 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 desire 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 go away her widowed, she unearths herself the landlord of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, an international the place colonialism and white colonists rule, the place she is remoted inside of white society via her career and her gender, and, one of the bordello’s black prostitutes, by means of 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 existence turns into more and more intertwined with the prostitutes’, she strikes inexorably towards the instant while she's going to decide that defies the entire expectancies society has of her and, extra very important, these she has of herself.
Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its middle, a deeply relocating tale of a girl who manages to wrench knowledge, empathy, and beauty from the main unforgiving circumstances.
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This little river of ours runs right into a great big river! Just like the song says. Young Sam: That sure is the biggest river I ever did see! My, how all that ice glitters in the moonlight, like it’s twinkling stars. Young Ellie: And over across the ice, on that point of land where the two rivers meet— Young Sam: Why, there’s a big fire burning there. Young Ellie: And there’s a man standing beside it. 33 Young Sam: He’s waving his arms. Do you reckon he’s waving at us? Young Ellie: He sees us in the moonlight.
The men were bigger and heavier than we were. They’d been all bunched up close together. A hole had broken through the ice, and one of the men was in the water. 35 Slave hunter 1: Help! I’ve fallen in! Get me out of here. Old Ellie: We kept moving. By and by, we were climbing up the riverbank. Old Sam: The old man who had waved towered over us in the firelight. He looked out over the ice. Zeke: (chuckling) Look at that poor devil yonder! He’s soaked to the skin in this freezing weather. He’s likely to catch his death of cold.
Young Ellie: He sees us in the moonlight. I think he wants us to come walking across the ice. Young Sam: Do you reckon it’s safe? Young Ellie: It’s got to be. We don’t have a choice. Come on, let’s go. Old Ellie: So we started walking across the ice. Old Sam: It was slippery and cold under our feet. Young Sam: Oh, Ellie—what’s that groaning sound? Young Ellie: That’s the ice creaking under us. Young Sam: Can it hold us? Young Ellie: It ought to. We’re neither one of us much more than skin and bone.
A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell