I Die, but My Memory Lives On: The World AIDS Crisis and the Memory Book Project

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"Henning Mankell has been internationally acclaimed for his Kurt Wallander mysteries, which Michael Ondaatje hailed as "thrilling and moral literature." Less well known in Mankell's deep and abiding love for Africa, where he first traveled as a young man and where he now spends half of his time as the artistic director of a theater. Africa, he says, has made him a better person." "I Die, But My Memory Lives On is a reflection on the impact of AIDS on the continent. Part travelogue, part real-life fable, it takes us to village after village in
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Overview

"Henning Mankell has been internationally acclaimed for his Kurt Wallander mysteries, which Michael Ondaatje hailed as "thrilling and moral literature." Less well known in Mankell's deep and abiding love for Africa, where he first traveled as a young man and where he now spends half of his time as the artistic director of a theater. Africa, he says, has made him a better person." "I Die, But My Memory Lives On is a reflection on the impact of AIDS on the continent. Part travelogue, part real-life fable, it takes us to village after village in Uganda, communities populated only by children and the elderly - the only people left behind after AIDS swept away an entire generation." As he travels, Mankell comes across memory books - slim, intensely personal volumes written by those who have contracted the disease so that their children will have something to remember them by: some words, a photograph, a pressed butterfly, even a few grains of sand. The books tell moving stories of individual lives while sounding a powerful warning about the threat of AIDS.
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"[W]ritten with passion. . . .[S]hows what the epidemic feels like at the frontline of villages in Africa, and the most precious inheritance parents can leave their children—their memories, identities, and links with the past and the future. Above all, this book is about dignity, hope, and emotional healing. It is about nurturing new life in the face of death." —The Lancet

"Mankell captures the human dignity of everyone he meets in this small yet moving book." —Good Reading

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594163596
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell is an internationally bestselling author who has received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. The New Press has published English translations of ten of his Wallander mysteries—Faceless Killers, The White Lioness, Sidetracked, The Fifth Woman, One Step Behind, Firewall, The Dogs of Riga, Before the Frost, The Man Who Smiled, and The Pyramid—the novels The Return of the Dancing Master, Chronicler of the Winds, Depths, Kennedy’s Brain, The Eye of the Leopard, Italian Shoes, Daniel, and The Shadow Girls; and the nonfiction I Die, But My Memory Lives On: The World AIDS Crisis and the Memory Book Project. Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village of Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida.

Biography

Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm in 1948. He is the author of many works of fiction, including the nine novels in the Kurt Wallander series. He has worked as an actor, theatre director, and manager in Sweden and in Mozambique -- where he is now head of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

Author biography courtesy of The Random House Group.

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    1. Hometown:
      Mozambique, Africa
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Stockholm, Sweden
    1. Education:
      Folkskolan Elementary Shool, Sveg; Högre Allmäna Läroverket, Borås

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