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The Rock Blaster

The Rock Blaster (Hardback)

By Mankell, Henning
Translated by Goulding, George

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    14 Feb 20

Oskar Johansson, 1888-1969. A working class hero is something to be. But Oskar Johansson's status as one is earned by unimaginable suffering. Working to blast tunnels through the rock for a new railway line, he is the victim, in his early twenties, of a horrific life-changing acc...ident. It is a miracle that he survives, and yet he does, disfigured but unbowed. Despite his injuries, Johansson finds love and finds renewed purpose. As Sweden grows from a poor backwater to a rich nation, there are as many losers as there are winners, and Johansson throws his energies into fighting for their cause. And yet, when his own son grows up, he can't resist the lure of a big house and flashy car, establishing his own business and, in Johansson's eyes, betraying his own class. Shaped by events such as the Vietnam War, the Hungarian uprising and the threat of nuclear war, The Rock Blaster is a deft portrayal, told through a fractured narrative, of one man's fight for equality in the face of forces far beyond his control. As the first published novel of one of Europe's most celebrated crime writers, it is also a fascinating insight into the social concerns that fuelled his later work.
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ISBN 9780857059451
Released NZ 14 Feb 2020
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780857059451
Stock Release date is 14 February 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Imprint MacLehose Press
Released 14 Feb 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mankell, Henning
Translated by Goulding, George
Category Literature: Texts
General & Literary Fiction
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 839.7374
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade