Daniel

by Henning Mankell

Daniel

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This deeply melancholy stand-alone historical novel by Henning Mankell — the Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries — begins in the late 1870s, as amateur entomologist Hans Bengler journeys to the Kalahari Desert in search of an insect he can name after himself. Instead, he impulsively adopts an African child whose family is decimated in a colonial massacre. Hans names the child Daniel and brings him back to Sweden in order to "civilize" him. Eventually, a link emerges between Daniel

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