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11 February 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Fiction in translation; Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies; Coping with disability
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
By:   Henning Mankell
Translated by:   George Goulding
Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9780857059468
ISBN 10:   0857059467
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   11 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Rock Blaster

One of Scandinavia's finest writers. He is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chose genre to become thrilling and moral literature. A literary writer of considerable accomplishment. - Independent.


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