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Chronicler of the Winds

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«È chiaro che amo tutti i libri che scrivo, ma questo romanzo ha un posto speciale nel mio cuore» Henning Mankell

Dal tetto di un teatro in un porto africano un uomo contempla la città. Ai suoi piedi, sdraiato su un materasso sporco, c’è Nelio, bambino di strada e profeta. Ha solo dieci anni, ma la saggezza di un vecchio. Chi è Nelio? Da dove viene? Chi è stato a sparargli
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Jan 08, 2016 Gözde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Ama insanların hatırlamaktan çok unutmaya çalıştıkları bir çağda yaşadığımı da biliyorum."
"İnsan bir şeyler yaratmak ve iyi hatıralarını başkaları ile paylaşmak için yaşar. Ama kendimize karşı dürüst olacak olursak kabul etmemiz gerekir ki, çağımız karanlık bir çağ; ayaklarımın altındaki şehir kadar karanlık. Yıldızlar, bozulmuş dünyamızın üzerinde gönülsüzce parıldıyor ve güzel olayların hatıraları o kadar ender ki, beynimizde hafızaya ait olması gereken geniş odalar içleri boş, kapıları sürgü
Jun 16, 2010 THE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The CHRONICLER OF THE WINDS is a work of such haunting imagery, vivid emotional appeal, and serious intent that any attempt to characterize it or review it is doomed to reveal the faltering skills of the commentator. This is a novel of such infinite interpretation, mythic splendor, and humanistic intent that it cannot simply be read, but must be savored as a rare literary treat.

Mankell, noted for his Wallander detective series, provides a diversion from his earlier writings to enter the world of
Ayse Sen
Feb 04, 2014 Ayse Sen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitabı ucuz olduğu için almıştım. Ama hikayeyi öyle sevdim, öyle benimsedim ki, neden daha önce bu kitabı keşfetmemişim diye hayıflandım. Sokak çocuğu Nelionun hayatı içimi parçaladı, hikaye anlamlı, çeviri çok güzel, kitabın kalitesi de çok iyi. herkese tavsiye ediyorum.
At times Mankell lost the believability factor in his young protagonist - I could hear the forty year old author rather than the ten year old character. Other than those moments, it was well-thought out and deep in its reaches.
I can't remember ever reading such a haunting book about the injustices of the world and the cruelty of humans (with a nice kick at "aid workers"), told with such respect for the characters.

Aug 11, 2007 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manning Henkel's "Chronicler of the Winds" places me in Africa with voices that will not be silenced; voices that must echo; voices that long to heard by all who will listen.
Jan 12, 2008 H.N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. Moving. Wondrous. Emotional. Heart-breaking.
Mar 26, 2010 Maryjoamani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maryjoamani by: book club selection
I was skeptical the first 40 pages, it read beautifully but reminded me of too many other books, almost as if copied, but then, as I came to know Nelio and the other street children, I fell in love--with each of them, with the author, with the writing. This book is set in Mozambique, written by a Swedish theater director who shares his life between Sweden and Mozambique. A poetic, lyrical book that provokes more questions than it answers. I saw Nelio's story as that of the classic hero in mythol ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Abailart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not Wallander, yet a line taken straight from a Wallander novel - referring to the fact that people build houses not as homes but as hideaways - this is a carefully constructed fable of an eternal permeation of the horrors of life and love. It is dreamlike, symbolic and draws attention to itself as a construction, a theatre attached to a bakery offering many possibilities here. The violence of attrition, the steel iconography of past horrors (in statues and toppled relics), the precipitous verti ...more
Paz Piña
Feb 12, 2014 Paz Piña rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Los hombre ya no construyen casas, construyen escondites".

Es el primer libro que leo de Henning Mankell y por lo que entiendo uno de los menos conocidos del autor, aquí hace referencia a un mundo olvidado e ignorado por muchos, un mundo que esta enfrente de nuestros ojos pero volteamos la cara para no darnos cuenta que es parte de nuestra vida diría: Los niños de la calle.

La historia se situa en Africa, epoca de guerrillas, llena de violencia y pobreza donde los niños pasan a ser de nadie, sere
Apr 24, 2014 Ernie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-book
Mankell sets his story in Africa in tune with the ancient oral story telling traditions there and in the Middle East. In an unnamed post colonial country after the ‘young revolutionaries’ have taken over and the many statues of the dictator have been toppled, the narrator, a young baker, Jose shelters a ten year old street boy, Nelio who has been shot by a demented killer. Despite the boy’s wound, Jose obeys Nelio’s wish that he not be taken to hospital. Jose uses herbal medicine bought in the c ...more
Frances Sawaya
Mar 20, 2015 Frances Sawaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True! It is possible that my five-star rating has as much to do with Mankell the man as well as Mankell the writer. I finished this inspiring and haunting book this morning and then spent several hours reading about Mankell who lives with "One foot in the snow and one foot in the sand." I admire his work in dealing with AIDS in Africa, his journey on the flotilla to break the Gaza barriers, his determination to keep the African stories alive and his constant questioning about where evil comes fr ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Rafael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-spanish
Solo se necesitan nueve noches para contar magistralmente un libro. Es el tiempo que le tomo a Mankell para expresar poéticamente, descarnadamente la realidad de los niños de la calle en un lugar de África ( Mozambique). Como puede uno concientizarse que la extrema pobreza es producto de la injusticia que aflora cuando los niños uno a uno son producto de esta.
Es de verdad recomendable, si lo leen, lo entenderán.
José Sifogrante
Aug 25, 2015 José Sifogrante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
José Antonio María Vaz, hombre solitario que trabaja como panadero en una ciudad portuaria de Mozambique, se encuentra con Nelio, un niño de la calle de diez años que está herido de muerte y a quien decide llevárselo al tejado donde vivía para atenderle sus heridas. Nelio, sabedor de que la muerte ya echó raíces en él, le cuenta al panadero sobre su vida durante las nueve noches que duró su agonía. Un relato de la supervivencia en las calles, sobre las desgarradoras experiencias que conlleva la ...more
Krysthopher Woods
Mar 29, 2015 Krysthopher Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Uno de los libros más hermosos que leí en mucho tiempo.
Jul 10, 2015 _speedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to keep talking about this earth, which is sinking farther and farther into unconsciousness, where people must live to forget and not to remember. I have to keep speaking so that the dreams will not grow hot with fever, then cool and finally die.

Oh, Henning Mankell you genius!
I loved Kurt Wallander, I liked your thoughts about Sweden, I liked how you saw the good and the bad in people and how you incorporated that in your books. And did I like this book? Of course I did. I can't imagine
Feb 11, 2010 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who are fans of the Henning Mankell Wallander books you would be surprised and most likely disappointed to read this particular novel which is a fable of Africa. Set in a fictional country on the west coast (I assume) of the continent it tells the story of a street boy named Nelio who is found wounded in a theater by a baker who works nights baking bread in the bakery attached to the theater. He tells his story to this baker over a series of nights. The novel includes a history ...more
Gerardo Guss
Aug 10, 2012 Gerardo Guss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Si se nace, vive y escribe en una ciudad primermundista como Estocolmo, es fácil observar la decadencia y brutalidad con la que se vive en países alejados de la mando de Dios Euro. Lo que no es nada fácil es narrar la situación de un niño de la calle en pleno África. Y esta, precisamente, es la historia que cuenta Henning Mankell en esta novela.

Como buen autor de novelas policiacas (al parecer es reconocido por eso), la trama comienza con un disparo en un teatro y un niño herido a muerte en med
Mankell has crafted a story of modern Africa: a whirlwind of genocidal violence, superstition, medicine women, albinos, and ineffectual Western do-gooders. Interesting plot, but the pacing moves ever so slowly. It forces me at times to put it down and look around for a better read.

It tells the unbearably sad story of 10-year-old Nelio, a mortally wounded street kid in an unnamed African port city. After revolutionary soldiers kill his family and most of the people in his village, Nelio makes hi
Even though I'm not sure I "liked" this book, I flowed with it. Henning Mankell is one of my favorite authors, I joyfully read the Kurt Wallender mystery series from one cover to the next book cover. International issues and how they affected Sweden and how the various populations within responded to the various issues was strong in his novels. And he has apparently been quite an active advocate internationally of what he feels are human rights to a quality existence. And he is also apparently a ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Jianbo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
看完了Hanning Mankel的”chronicler of winds”. (11~17,200页,看了7天)

The first half is 4 star; the other half is 3 star.

I did not read any other novels by Mankell although I know he is a thrilling or detective writer. But Chronicler of the winds is hardly matched to his style.

Actually the story is a fable rather than a general fiction story, which is touching and revealing.

Below are the digests. The last words Nelio said before dying “My body is so small” implies lot. How could we to face the world full o
Apr 24, 2011 Inspiration_sip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read. One evening. The librarian told me it was a crime story. It's literally a crime to say that.

Miałam na parapecie juź jedną książkę Mankella. Biała wilczyca. Chyba. Zabierałam się do niej dobre pięćdziesiąt razy. I nic. Zasypiałam. A to podobno kryminał, więc powinno wciągać od pierwszych stron. A u mnie nic. Zero zainteresowania. Null. Mniej niż zero. Sen, sen, sen.

A tutaj... absolutne absorpcja. Wgryzienie łapczywe. Książkę pożarłam w jeden wieczór. No seasoning needed. Piekarz opowi
Jonathan Widell
If I tried to be funny I could say that Henning Mankell's Chronicler of the Winds is, in a way, a mystery novel. It is a story about street kids in Maputo, capital of Mozambique. Towards the end, it grows into a story about life and death in general and - beyond that - about justice and injustice in the (third) world. The book's hero is Nelio, a leader of street kids, was shot because he was trying to do good to someone else (I won't tell what happened).

So why do I say it is a mystery novel? Th
Oct 18, 2010 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story, narrated by the baker,Jose Antonio Maria Vaz, is actually Manakell's attempt to get First World readers interested in Africa at a gut level. Just as E.O. Wilson said of his novel, "people are interested in non-fiction, but people read fiction." I believe that Mankell is using fiction to show on an emotional level, what life is like in third-world Africa.

The baker, who becomes the "chronicler of the wind," because of his forced acquaintance with the street child, Nelio, has his simpl
Aug 25, 2010 Margot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked Little Bee
Both horrifying and awesome at the same time, this tale takes us among the street kids living in the shadows of Maputo. Mankell includes details about the city that I've read in his other novels, such as the theater with a bakery inside, that make it specific to Maputo. But as with his other novels set in Africa, he shows general details that he might consider "universal truths" of life in Africa that make his novels wider than the country or city where they are set, eschewing the arbitrary geop ...more
Jul 24, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary Lterature fans
I have a bookclub with this book tonight, so for an exercise I'm going to try to type all my thoughts out about this book, which was more satisfying on my second reading. My general short statement about this book is a recommendation for anyone to read this, it has a power. So the rest of this review is unneccesary to read unless you love my reviews because it's an exercise, and will contain spoilers.
This short book (230 pages) does take awhile to get good and sink in for the reader, because the
Oct 30, 2014 Cocodras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Magnífico. Cuando Neferisa me lo pasó pensé que era una de las novelas negras de Mankell. Al cogerlo el otro día para leerlo, vi que no, que era una de sus novelas con temática africana. Es el primero que leo de él y me ha parecido una maravilla. Una historia dura, a veces un poco irreal, que te atrapa a pesar de que sabes cómo termina desde la primera página. Nelio es un personaje entrañable para recordar.
Dec 09, 2011 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jillian by: H.N.
Shelves: africana
Rather than a depressing Nigerian novel I read one from Mozambique. It takes place in Maputo, where I have actually been. The life of the African street kid, though, is not one I can really picture, because in The Gambia there are no street kids, it's totally unheard of. Things are very different in countries which have experienced war and have different family structures (and now, of course, AIDS).

Anyhoo, this book starts with a 10 year old boy getting shot on a stage. A baker takes him up to t
John Fredrickson
I really enjoy Mankell's writing overall, and highly recommend him. His stories have a depth to them that many other writers never achieve. This story doesn't grab me the way that his others do. It starts in a way that felt a little difficult, then got very engrossing, but the ending left me kind of hanging - I was (am) not sure what to make of where we are left.
Becky Ayers
Had to read for a class in college. Abominably sad and somewhat horrifying. Definitely something I'd put as an adult read. Mankell has an interesting way of depicting how the characters' lives are intertwined. His mystery writing carries over in some of the details he seems to have purposefully left out.
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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“Do you know what the wind tastes like? […] Mysterious spices […] that tell us about people and events far away. That we can’t see. But that we can sense if we draw the wind deep into our mouths and then eat it.” 3 likes
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