Daniel by Henning Mankell
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Henning Mankell is a worldwide phenomenon: his books have been translated into forty languages with more than 35 million copies in print, and both his critical acclaim and fan base only continue to grow. His new novel Daniel is an elegiac, unexpected story that only he could have told.

In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Småland, Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. But then he impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel and brings with him back to Sweden—a quite different specimen than he first contemplated. Daniel is told to call Bengler "Father," taught to knock on doors and bow, and continually struggles to understand this strange new land of mud and snow that surrounds and seemingly entraps him. At the same time, he is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him home to Africa. Knowing that the only way home is by sea, he decides he must learn to walk on water if he is ever to reclaim his true place in the world.

Evocative and sometimes brutal, the novel takes Daniel through a series of tragedies and betrayals that culminate in a shocking act. Mankell tells this indelible story with a ruthless elegance all his own.

About Henning Mankell

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Bestselling author Henning Mankell has received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique. Ebba Segerberg has translated One Step Behind, Firewall, and Before the Frost by Henning Mankell (all available from The New Press) and Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Published November 9, 2010 by New Press, The. 290 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A haunting novel by the Swedish mystery master, one that proceeds from the indelible to the inscrutable.

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Publishers Weekly

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Set in the 1870s, this earnest and heartbreaking story opens with the unsolved murder of a mentally retarded Swedish girl, but this isn't a mystery in the mode of Mankell's international bestselling K

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Book Reporter

He is solipsistic, which makes life more difficult for Daniel, who lives an active inner life planning to get back to the Kalahari Desert --- the polar opposite of the cold forests of Sweden.

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Los Angeles Times

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A Swedish naturalist rescues an orphaned boy in Africa and brings him home in this historical novel.

Nov 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Daniel: A Novel

The Bookbag

But nothing deters the rather stubborn Bengler from his new and exciting project - to return to Sweden with his new 'son'.

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His new novel, Daniel, which features a winsome black boy in a blanket on the jacket, shows the reader that Mankell is once again moving out of standard crime fiction territory.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Bengler has some plans for Daniel but he has little money and all the plans fall through, including showing Daniel off in a circus.

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Bookmarks Magazine

By jonSun, 11/28/2010 - 21:58.

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