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Quicksand by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)

bookshelves: spring-2016, author-in-the-mirror, autobiography-memoir, nonfiction, published-2014, translation, under-500-ratings, sweden, essays, radio-4
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from February 11 to March 18, 2016





Description: Henning Mankell was creator of Wallander, the fictional detective. His posthumous essays, translated by Laurie Thompson with Marlaine Delargy, and abridged by Katrin Williams, refer to his illness and explore much more besides.

1/5: An unexpected car accident, diagnosis, then rich recollections of his school-days, which includes a life-changing revelation..

2/5: One day at school, struggling with Latin, he decides to up sticks and make for Paris. With no French, no money and a vague address to head for. But it's certainly an adventure..

3/5: The author is travelling through Spain and stops off in Salamanca. Eating alone at a restaurant, he witnesses the strange and spontaneous behaviour of a waiter. It's food for thought..

4/5: The author explains his long-standing interest in cave paintings and what they tell us now. He also witnesses a search for fresh water within saltwater - which again, tells us something new..

5/5: He was a novelist, who also ran a theatre in Maputo, Mozambique. One of his 'happiest times' was staging a Greek drama, performed by local people. It all began in October 1992..

Reader Tim Pigott-Smith