Die rote Antilope erzählt, wie Henning Mankell in seinem Nachwort schreibt, von dem, "was hätte geschehen können". Durchaus denkbar, dass sich ein junger Schwede ohne Talente 1877 nach Kap...more
It is the 1870s: Hans Bengler, a rootless and disconnected man, travels to Africa with the hopes of discovering an insect no one has ever seen before, the latest of his quixotic pursuits. The pickings are slender, but he DOES happen across a different...more
Daring, but not altogether surprising for Mankell, who has made categorizing the dark, introspective, and insightful...more
The Daniel of the title is an orphaned African boy, adopted by a Swedish explorer and taken back to Sweden so to be exhibited, like a curiosity (it's the 19th century; an African boy would certainly have been a novelty). The novel embodies one of Mankell's b...more
A quick summary because every review I read has one and I don't feel like going against the norm today: Hans Bengler, a failure as a med student and now an entomologist leaves Sweden in 1878 for the Kalahari Desert to find an insect that has never been discovered. He finds one beetle and one boy (arou...more
Hans uses Daniel in part of a carnival type lecture series to get people to...more
Excerpt page 83: "The one who had taught him about the Dreams was Be. They coiled like tracks through people; the paths were not footprints they trod in the desert, but som...more
I am disappointed to say that this book bored me. If I had not been listening to an unabridged audiobook, well read by Sean Barrett, I think I would have abandoned it. I was totally unconvinced by the character of Daniel, whose reactions just didn't ring true for me. And before that, the long, drawn out descriptions of Hans Bengler's travels through the Kalahari desert could have benefitted from severe abreviation.
Hans Bengler was a nineteenth century scientist who aspire...more
This is one of the novels which are not mysteries written by Mankell. This novel is about an entomologist from Sweden who is making his way across the African desert looking for rare and unknown insects that he can bring home and put his name to. In Capetown, he comes across a scene where a small boy from a village is found caged at the marketplace. His parents were killed in some kind...more
I recommend this to everyone. But it is not a typical Menkell and don't read this if you are down.
Set in 1877-1878 Daniel, an orphaned boy of an African nomadic people is adopted by a Swedish man and taken to Sweden. He suffers multiple betrayals and tragedies as he struggles to understand his new world and the people he encounters, and makes attempts to use what he has learned in his native desert.
I found myself unable to put it down.
He finds it, as well as a young orphan black child that he takes home with him to Sweden. It is an engrossing story -
I found it quite hard work, as I always seem to find African spiritualism.
Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.