An enthralling, lyrical novel based on the life of the explorer and scientist Anders Sparrman, recounting his voyages with Captain Cook, his bold stance as an early abolitionist and the blossoming of his late-life love affair.
Per Wostberg is the chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature. He founded the Swedish Section of Amnesty International in 1963, and was deeply involved in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. From 1976 to 1982 he was the editor of Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter. He was president of International PEN from 1979 to 1986. He is the author of fifty publications, including novels, poetry, essays and works on African politics and literature.
""In this absorbing fusion of biography and imagination, Per Wastberg has movingly taken us inside the head of a remarkable man . . . As a reader I'm grateful for his discovery of Anders Sparrman; as a writer, I envy it." --Adam Hochschild, author, " King Leopold's Ghost