The Rock Blaster

The Rock Blaster

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At 3 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon in 1911, Oskar Johansson is caught in a blast in an industrial accident. The local newspaper reports him dead, but they are mistaken.

Because Oskar Johansson is a born survivor.

Though crippled, Oskar finds the strength to go on living and working. The Rock Blaster charts his long professional life - his hopes and dreams, sorrows and joys. His relationship with the woman whose love saved him, with the labour movement that gave him a cause to believe in, and with his children, who do not share his ideals.

Henning Mankell's first published novel is steeped in the burning desire for social justice that informed his bestselling crime novels. Remarkably assured for a debut, it is written with scalpel-like precision, at once poetic and insightful in its depiction of a true working-class hero.

Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • MacLehose Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857059467
  • 9780857059468

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An excellent craftsman. -- Joanna Kavenna Mankell writes with both a social conscience and great humour. -- Sarah Compton * Daily Telegraph. * Mankell's fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable. -- Mike Peed * New York Times. * Mankell is the master. -- Viv Groskop In life and in art Henning Mankell was a man of passionate commitment. -- Kenneth Brannagh A literary writer of considerable accomplishment. -- Barry Forshaw * Independent. * He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature. -- Michael Ondaatje One of Scandinavia's finest writers. -- Ian Rankin.
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About Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations.
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