The Eye of the Leopard

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Interweaving past and present, Sweden and Zambia, The Eye of the Leopard draws on bestselling author Henning Mankell's deep understanding of the two worlds he has inhabited for over twenty years.

Hans Olofson lived through a tough childhood. His father drank himself into oblivion, and his mother was completely absent, only faded photographs offered Olofson any hint of what she may have been like. His adolescence was just as trying, and when his best friend and lover, Janine, tragically dies, he flees to Africa to carry out Janine's only real dream in life — to visit the grave of a legendary missionary in isolated Northern Zambia. Upon his arrival in Zambia, Olofson is stunned. He finds it beautiful and mysterious, so he decides to stay and make it his home, eventually taking control of a small farm. It is there that Olofson discovers the fragile truce between the rich newcomers and black natives of the recently independent state . . . a truce that could rupture at any moment.

Alternating between Olofson's years in Africa and those in Sweden, The Eye of the Leopard is a bravura achievement, a study in contrasts — black and white, poor and wealthy, Africa and Europe — and an exploration of the challenges and responsibilities that come with freedom.


Chapter One

He wakes in the African night, convinced that his body has split in two. Cracked open, as if his guts had exploded, with the blood running down his face and chest.

In the darkness he fumbles in terror for the light switch, but when he flips it there is no light, and he thinks the...
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"A beautiful, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful coming-of-age novel set in both Sweden and Zambia…. A powerful exploration of the stresses and challenges of freedom…. Readers only familiar with Mankell's Kurt Wallander crime novels are in for a delightful surprise."

"The Eye of the Leopard is a thriller of the mind: a chilling journey into the depths of fear, alienation and despair"
Sunday Telegraph

"Exposes the myth of Swedish neutrality with a savage portrait of its foreign aid system."
The Guardian