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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 dumbest book by Mankell of all the ones I have read yet. I have read most of his books and will not be reading any more.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Written over 10 years ago its main topic is much in the current news. Unusual in presentation but as usual, Mankell gives his characters real humaness (if that is a word). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter E. Schinkel
The girl's stories were amazing. The main character made me mad. Such an idiot.Published 5 months 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 9 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 11 months ago by Judith Sayad