The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell
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Interweaving past and present, Sweden and Zambia, The Eye of the Leopard draws on bestselling author Henning Mankell’s deep understanding of the two worlds he has inhabited for more than twenty years.

Hans Olofson arrives in Zambia not long after independence, hoping to fulfill the missionary dream of his friend Janice. He is also fleeing the traumas of his motherless childhood: his father’s alcoholism, his best friend’s terrible accident, Janice’s death, his fear of an ordinary and stifled fate. Africa is a terrible shock, yet he stays and makes it his home. But he never fully comes to understand his place as a mzungu, a wealthy white man among native blacks, and the fragile truce between them. Rumors of an underground army of revolutionaries wearing leopard skins warn him that the truce is in danger of rupturing.
Alternating between Hans’s years in Africa and those in Sweden, The Eye of the Leopard is a bravura achievement and a study in contrasts—black and white, poor and wealthy, Africa and Europe—both sinister and elegiac.
 

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 January 1, 2009 by ARROW (RANDOM). 338 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Subsequently, determined to honor Janine’s dream of service to Africa’s suffering natives, he arrives in Zambia shortly before violence sparked by warring tribes claims the lives and property of well-meaning white settlers, and incarnates the indigenous myth of a leopard and crocodile locked toge...

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The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell 315pp, Harvill Secker, £12.99 Shifting away from his usual police procedurals and Swedish glums, Mankell turns to Africa, which he knows through his work for Aids charities.

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It’s more than “culture shock” --- its “soul shock.” As the narrative travels seamlessly back and forth in time and place, the absolute contrasts leap out of the pages: cold country to hot country, a poor black population to rich whites who colonized South Africa, insurmountable cultural differen...

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Entertainment Weekly

In Henning Mankell's The Eye of the Leopard, Hans Olofson's life is told in alternating chapters — from his unhappy Swedish childhood to his years at a Zambian mission station — against the backdrop of a gruesome African revolution.

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His decision to leave Sweden and follow the goal of his friend Janine in Africa was made without a lot of thought but the months in Africa turned into years.

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Rumors of an underground army of revolutionaries wearing leopard skins warn him that the truce is in danger of rupturing.

Alternating between Hans's years in Africa and those in Sweden, The Eye of the Leopard is a bravura achievement and a study in contrasts—black and white, poor an...

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