World famous for his Kurt Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell has been published in 35 countries, with more than 25 million copies of his books in print.
“Nelio is dead. And however unlikely it may sound, it seemed to me that he died without once being afraid. How can that be possible?”
—from Chronicler of the Winds
In Chronicler of the Winds, Mankell gives us something different: a beautifully crafted novel that is a testament to the power of storytelling itself. On the rooftop of a theatre in an African port, a ten-year-old boy lies, slowly dying of bullet wounds. He is Nelio, a leader of street kids, rumoured to be a healer and a prophet, and possessed of a strangely ancient wisdom.
One of the millions of poor people “forced to eat life raw,” Nelio tells his unforgettable story over the course of nine nights. After bandits cruelly raze his village, he joins the legions of abandoned children living in the city’s streets. An act of the imagination, an effort to prove to his comrades that life must be more than mere survival, cuts short Nelio’s 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.