Publication: Harvill Secker, 2010, London
First U.K. edition. Translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray. Fine in fine dust jacket. In 1875 Hans Bengler, a young entomologist, leaves Sweden for the expedition of a lifetime to the Kalahari Desert where he hopes to find a previously undiscovered insect to name after himself. Instead, after his long and arduous journey through the sands, he finds a small boy, whose tribe has been decimated by European raiders. Accustomed to collecting specimens, Bengler decides to adopt the boy and names him Daniel. He takes the traumatized child home with him to Sweden and plans to `civilize' him, but Daniel can't slip into an alien culture. He yearns for the desert and his real family, who visit him in his dreams. His only consolation comes from his friendship with a vulnerable young girl called Sanna, who is also an outsider in her community. Even this bond is destined to be broken, as Daniel's isolation and increasing desperation lead to a chilling tragedy.
Inventory Number: 30139