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A Treacherous Paradise

Henning Mankell

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her naïveté by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths. Cold and poverty define Hanna Renström's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1904, 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 both leave her widowed, she finds herself the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white colonists rule, where she is isolated within white society by her profession and her gender, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years in this "treacherous paradise," she wrestles with a devastating 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 all the expectations society has of her and, more important, those she has of herself. Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances.

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her naïveté by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths. Cold and poverty define Hanna Renström's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1904, 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 both leave her widowed, she finds herself the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white colonists rule, where she is isolated within white society by her profession and her gender, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years in this "treacherous paradise," she wrestles with a devastating 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 all the expectations society has of her and, more important, those she has of herself. Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances.
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From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her naïveté by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths. Cold and poverty define Hanna Renström's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1904, 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 both leave her widowed, she finds herself the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white colonists rule, where she is isolated within white society by her profession and her gender, and, among the bordello's black prostitutes, by her color. As Hanna's story unfurls over the next several years in this "treacherous paradise," she wrestles with a devastating 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 all the expectations society has of her and, more important, those she has of herself. Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rosalyn Landor

Length:

11h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:37


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:24


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:12


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:33


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

01:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:24


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:01


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:00


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:41


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:21


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:20


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:35


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:39


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:41


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:35


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:14


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:56


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:19


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:43


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:54


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:13


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:52