By Henning Mankell
From the the world over acclaimed writer of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a strong stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn girl protagonist is awoken from her naïveté via her publicity to racism and by way of her personal unforeseen internal strengths.
chilly and poverty outline Hanna Renström’s youth in distant northern Sweden, and in 1904, at nineteen, she forums a boat for Australia in desire of a higher life. yet none of her hopes—or fears—prepares her for the lifestyles she is going to lead. After short marriages either depart her widowed, she reveals herself the landlord of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, an international the place colonialism and white colonists rule, the place she is remoted inside of white society via her career and her gender, and, one of the bordello’s black prostitutes, by means of her colour. As Hanna’s tale unfurls over the subsequent a number of years during this “treacherous paradise,” she wrestles with a devastating loneliness and with the racism she’s intended to unthinkingly undertake. And as her lifestyles turns into more and more intertwined with the prostitutes’, she strikes inexorably towards the instant while she's going to come to a decision that defies all of the expectancies society has of her and, extra very important, these she has of herself.
Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its middle, a deeply relocating tale of a lady who manages to wrench knowledge, empathy, and beauty from the main unforgiving circumstances.
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About the Author: KAREN CECIL SMITH An Old Salem Christmas, 1840 is Karen Cecil Smith’s first children’s book. While living in Winston-Salem and attending Salem College, she became interested in Moravian history. It was the beauty and authenticity of Old Salem Museums and Gardens, which surround the college campus, that inspired her to write this story. Karen is the author of Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife, 1844-1939 and of many published articles, stories, and poems. She lives on a farm outside of High Point, North Carolina.
It was the beauty and authenticity of Old Salem Museums and Gardens, which surround the college campus, that inspired her to write this story. Karen is the author of Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife, 1844-1939 and of many published articles, stories, and poems. She lives on a farm outside of High Point, North Carolina. About the Illustrator: BEBE PHIPPS Bebe Phipps grew up in Dudley, North Carolina. She currently resides in Winston-Salem where she attends Salem College. Bebe is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design.
Org Old Salem Museums & Gardens is America’s most comprehensive historic attraction, including the restored Moravian town of Salem and educational resources for learning about Moravians in the early South. org The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem is located in the 1741 Gemeinhaus, Bethlehem’s oldest building and a National Historic Landmark. Stories of the Moravian founders come to life in this authentic five-story log structure. The Wachovia Historical Society P. O. org The Wachovia Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates information on the history, antiquities, and literature of the Moravian church in the South.