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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017433
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Chronicler Of The Winds




A major event in publishing - Henning Mankell's departure from the crime genre will attract huge interest and this mesmerising fable will broaden his readership

One night José Antonio Maria Vaz hears gunfire from the deserted theatre next door to his bakery. He races to the theatre's uppermost gallery, and there beneath him on a spotlit stage lies the wounded body of Nelio, a street urchin renowned for living on his wits. Gasping, the wounded boy asks to be taken to the roof to breathe the beautiful air fresh off the Indian Ocean. On that theatre roof, his life ebbing away, Nelio begins his story.
At the age of five, Nelio watched helplessly as his village was burned to the ground and his people were massacred by bandits. He escaped by chance; a man handed him a gun and ordered him to shoot another boy, but instead he turned the gun on the bandit and ran. He made his way to the coast, encountering en route bizarre characters who gave him guidance. Upon arrival in the city Nelio joined a rough street gang, and began a very different way of life.
Henning Mankell's CHRONICLER OF THE WINDS is a dazzling new venture from the master of crime; a beautifully told fable of the African continent.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017433
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children’s Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.

www.henningmankell.com

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Praise for Chronicler Of The Winds

“An elegant story about storytelling”

Tristan Quinn, Literary Review

“This is a deeply affecting read, one of those rare novels whose taste lingers for days afterwards”

Barry Didcock, Sunday Herald

“Nelio's story is unfurled with pace and drama... Mankell writes eloquently of the realities of poverty and violence without becoming sugary or didactic... an expert craftsman”

Observer

“A hypnotic, mystical tale of street children...Ultimately, this is a wonderful book about the importance of stories, its own sheer quality providing its best argument”

John Harding, Daily Mail

“A wonderful, lyrical fable... beautiful...it is hard to leave Nelio at the end”

Vogue


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