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A Treacherous Paradise

Mankell, Henning (Book - 2013)
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Cold and poverty define Hanna Renstrom's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1905, at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life. But none of her hopes--or fears--prepares her for the life she will lead. After two brief marriages, she finds herself a widow twice over, and the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white supremacy rule, where she is isolated within society by her profession and her sex, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years, we watch her in this "treacherous paradise," as she wrestles with a constant, wrenching loneliness and with the racism she's meant to unthinkingly adopt. And as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the prostitutes, she moves inexorably toward the moment when she will make a decision that defies every expectation society has of her, and, more important, those she has of herself.
Authors: Mankell, Henning, 1948-
Title: A treacherous paradise
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First United States edition
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in Sweden as Minnet av en smutsig ängel by Leopard Förlag, Stockholm, in 2011"--Title page verso
"THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK"--Title page verso
Summary: Cold and poverty define Hanna Renstrom's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1905, at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life. But none of her hopes--or fears--prepares her for the life she will lead. After two brief marriages, she finds herself a widow twice over, and the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white supremacy rule, where she is isolated within society by her profession and her sex, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years, we watch her in this "treacherous paradise," as she wrestles with a constant, wrenching loneliness and with the racism she's meant to unthinkingly adopt. And as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the prostitutes, she moves inexorably toward the moment when she will make a decision that defies every expectation society has of her, and, more important, those she has of herself.
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-
ISBN: 0307961222
9780307961228
Statement of Responsibility: Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson
Subject Headings: Maputo Bay (Mozambique) Fiction FICTION / Literary FICTION / Cultural Heritage FICTION / Historical Prostitution Mozambique Fiction Brothels Mozambique Fiction Swedes Mozambique Fiction Women, White Mozambique Fiction
Topical Term: FICTION Literary
FICTION Cultural Heritage
FICTION Historical
Prostitution
Brothels
Swedes
Women, White
LCCN: 2013005864
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