Tristan Quinn

Worlds of Hope

Chronicler of the Winds

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Although a bloody shooting reverberates through this novel, Chronicler of the Winds is not a crime story, unlike the global bestsellers set in rural Sweden for which Henning Mankell is best known. Instead, this lyrical book relates the life and death of Nelio, a mythical street kid leading a gang of urban urchins struggling to survive in a fictional African country torn apart by civil war. It begins with a moment of drama – Jose, a baker and the book’s narrator, hears shots from a deserted theatre and finds Nelio lying wounded on the empty spot-lit stage. With a simple act of discovery Mankell begins an elegant story about storytelling and what being told a story can mean.

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