Chronicler of the Winds

Chronicler of the Winds

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Slowly dying on a theater rooftop in an African port, ten-year-old Nelio, a street-kid leader and rumored healer and prophet remembers how he joined a legion of abandoned youths after his village was razed by bandits, and how he endeavored to prove to his companions that life is more than mere survival. By the award-winning author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries.

Blackwell North Amer

World famous for his Kurt Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell has been published in thirty-five countries, with more than 25 million copies of his books in print. In Chronicler of the Winds, he gives us something different: a beautifully crafted novel that is a testament to the power of storytelling itself. On the rooftop of a theater in an African port, a ten-year-old boy lies slowly dying of bullet wounds. He is Nelio, a leader of street kids, rumored 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.

Already published in thirteen countries, Chronicler of the Winds was shortlisted for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature and was nominated for the Swedish Publishers Association’s August Prize.

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2006
ISBN: 9781595580580
Branch Call Number: FICTION MANKELL
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-


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Jan 01, 2014

a wonderful story told with feeling and compassion.

Jun 24, 2013

This is a novel about the legacy of colonialism and the dictators and chaos which follow, boy soldiers and street kids in a port city in Africa. It is a novel about storytelling and about how life can be about more than survival. Recommended.

Oct 23, 2012

Mankell uses Mozambique as a model for this african country where revolutionaries, bandits and the old colonial guard clash bringing horrible devastation to the villagers and city dwellers who are just trying to live their lives. Nelio is one of the street children but not typical. He is a thinker, and at 12 years old, very old in his thoughts. On his death bed he relates his story and through that story gives a message to the world. A bit of a strange read. Not at all the same style as Mankell uses in his Wallendar books.


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