The Eye of the Leopard
By Henning Mankell
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307385857, 336pp.)
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
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Interweaving past and present, Sweden and Zambia, rich and poor, The Eye of the Leopard is a stunning novel from a modern master.
Hans Olofson arrives in Zambia not long after independence, hoping to fulfill the missionary dream of his recently deceased friend Janice. Africa is a complete shock to Olofson, yet he chooses to stay and make it his home, eventually taking control of a small farm. Here, he learns of the fragile truce between the white and black populations of Zambia, and rumors of an underground army of revolutionaries wearing leopard skins alert him that violence may erupt at any moment. As a wealthy white man, he grows increasingly fearful and returns in his mind to the traumatic events that drove him from Sweden, playing back the complicated events of his past, as his present races toward a thrilling climax.
Internationally bestselling novelist and playwright Henning Mankell has received the German Tolerance Prize and the U.K.'s Golden Dagger Award and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize three times. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he has worked as the director of Teatro Avenida since 1985.
“Hans Olofson's life is told [with] heart-stopping tension.”
“A thriller of the mind [and] chilling journey into the depths of fear, alienation and despair. . . . A white-knuckle page-turner.”
—The Independent, London
“Mankell at his best.”
—The Telegraph, London
"A beautiful, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful coming-of-age novel."