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French books by Swedish Author: LE CHINOIS

Original Title in Swedish: Kinesen
French Title: Le Chinois
French Publisher: Seuil (2011)
Henning Mankell
ISBN: 978-91-7343-170-5

Note: ATA: I just finished reading this book, a thriller written by a talented Swedish Author whom I just discovered. The story started by a serial murder of a small village where all members who are linked by bloodline are all murderer. The killer was sent from China to settle a vendetta of over 170 years, which started in the Nevada railway construction by Chinese "guest-workers" who were ill-treated by their Swedist supervisor. The story is interesting as it brings us to modern China and the Chinese contemporary behind-the-scene political struggle between 2 factions which is quite near up-to-date. For somebody who needs a light reading on Asian-related story, it would be a good read. Highly recommended.

Review in French:

Un thriller suédois qui nous plonge dans l'histoire , la société et la politique chinoises
9 etoiles
Ce roman en contient au moins deux. Le plus intéressant concerne l’histoire de l’ancêtre chinois (à l’âge de jeune homme) et de ses frères fuyant une misère et une servitude totales qui perdurent depuis des siècles dans leur pays . Ils ne s’échappent que pour être finalement enlevés et servir à nouveau comme esclaves dans la construction d’une voie de chemin de fer à travers les Etats-Unis. Cette histoire va faire l’objet d’une vengeance un siècle plus tard dans une intrigue en Suède , et surtout de manière plus intéressante à Pékin. 

C’est vrai que Mankell a inséré un véritable essai à l’intérieur de son roman, mais ce n'est pas gratuit ni artificiel. Pour ma part , n’étant pas sinologue averti, j’ai été très intéressé. Certes sa vision est celle d’un occidental , mais la perspective historique et l’interrogation sur l’avenir qui sont posées sont bienvenus. (
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