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The Shadow Girls: A Novel Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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There is no questioning Mankell's commitment to international human rights issues, and to Africa in particular, where he spends half of each year as director of a theater in Mozambique. Even his series of novels featuring detective Kurt Wallander, quintessentially small-city Swedish in their setting, have often turned on subjects such as refugees and international trafficking. And African characters or topics turn up in many of his non-Wallander books, most notably DANIEL (2000) and THE MAN FROM BEIJING (2007). The Shadow Girls of this novel turn out to be three refugees: Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and a beautiful young woman with a dazzling smile from Nigeria known only as Tea-Bag. By the end of the novel, the stories of each of the three will have been told, stories of survival against the most terrible odds. Readers focusing only on these -- filled with horror, pity, and indignation -- might well conclude than a novel dealing with such an international scandal and such human resilience must ipso facto be a major work of art, but in this case they would be wrong.Read more ›
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The girl's stories were amazing. The main character made me mad. Such an idiot.Published 2 days ago by Carol Lopus
I was very interested in the beginning and then lost it towards the end. But I did like the premise of the story and sympathized with the characters
in the novel. Read more
Mankell has a sparkling imagination, and the voice he lends the three women of the piece is inventive and convincing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by robert schulmann
The news is saturated with stories about migrants, immigrants and immigration. The *novel* does a wonderful job presenting the real lives of immigrants and the societal challenges... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Judith Sayad
I enjoy the occasional Wallander novel although I generally prefer dramatized mysteries on TV, European, Scandinavian...rarely American. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas M. Lane
I first encountered Mr. Mankell through an excellent Netflix series called "Wallander" based on Mankell's Swedish crime/detective novels. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Johnny G
I like Henning Mankel and all his Wallander mysteries. This is a little different but still very good.Published 8 months ago by C. Eckdall