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A Treacherous Paradise

By Henning Mankell, 1948-

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her naïveté by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths.

Cold and poverty define Hanna Renström’s childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1904, at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life.  But none of her hopes—or fears—prepares her for the life she will lead. After two brief marriages both leave her widowed, she finds herself the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white colonists rule, where she is isolated within white society by her profession and her gender, and, among the bordello’s black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna’s story unfurls over the next several years in this “treacherous paradise,” she wrestles with a devastating loneliness and with the racism she’s meant to unthinkingly adopt. And as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the prostitutes’, she moves inexorably toward the moment when she will make a decision that defies all the expectations society has of her and, more important, those she has of herself.

Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances. 

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Author: Mankell, Henning, 1948-
Summary: Cold and poverty define Hanna Renstrom's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1905, at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life. But none of her hopes--or fears--prepares her for the life she will lead. After two brief marriages, she finds herself a widow twice over, and the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white supremacy rule, where she is isolated within society by her profession and her sex, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years, we watch her in this "treacherous paradise," as she wrestles with a constant, wrenching loneliness and with the racism she's meant to unthinkingly adopt. And as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the prostitutes, she moves inexorably toward the moment when she will make a decision that defies every expectation society has of her, and, more important, those she has of herself.
Title: A treacherous paradise / Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2013]
Subject: Women, White -- Mozambique -- Fiction. Swedes -- Mozambique -- Fiction. Brothels -- Mozambique -- Fiction. Prostitution -- Mozambique -- Fiction. Maputo Bay (Mozambique) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780307961228 0307961222
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: F Mankell
Oclc: 829645884
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Bib Id: 442515

Format: Book
Author: Mankell, Henning, 1948-
Summary: Cold and poverty define Hanna Renstrom's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1905, at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life. But none of her hopes--or fears--prepares her for the life she will lead. After two brief marriages, she finds herself a widow twice over, and the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white supremacy rule, where she is isolated within society by her profession and her sex, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years, we watch her in this "treacherous paradise," as she wrestles with a constant, wrenching loneliness and with the racism she's meant to unthinkingly adopt. And as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the prostitutes, she moves inexorably toward the moment when she will make a decision that defies every expectation society has of her, and, more important, those she has of herself.
Title: A treacherous paradise / Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.
Edition: First United States edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2013]
Description: 359 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Women, White -- Mozambique -- Fiction.
Subjects: Swedes -- Mozambique -- Fiction.
Subjects: Brothels -- Mozambique -- Fiction.
Subjects: Prostitution -- Mozambique -- Fiction.
Subjects: Maputo Bay (Mozambique) -- Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Other Author: Thompson, Laurie, 1938-
Other Title: Minnet av en smutsig ängel. English
Notes: "This translation originally published in Great Britain by Harvill Secker, an imprint of the Random House Group Limited, London."
Notes: "Originally published in Sweden as Minnet av en smutsig ängel by Leopard Förlag, Stockholm, in 2011"--Title page verso.
Notes: "THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK"--Title page verso.
LCCN: 2013005864
ISBN: 9780307961228
ISBN: 0307961222
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: F Mankell