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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Fury in the Fire (The)
by Henning Mankell
Age Range: 14+
Set in Mozambique, Fury in the Fire is the third novel about Sofia by Swedish best-selling author Henning Mankell. Sofia’s story begins in Secrets in the Fire where she is involved in a terrible landmine explosion that results in the loss of both her legs and the death of her ten-year-old sister Maria. Sofia recovers and with courage and determination learns to walk again with prosthetic legs, but further tragedy follows in Playing with Fire when Sofia’s older sister, Rosa succumbs to AIDS.
Sofia is now a young woman of twenty with two small children and a third on the way. Armando was Sofia's first love, now they live together with her mother, Lydia and two brothers. Life is hard; Armando has to work in the city as a car mechanic only coming home at weekends and Sofia makes what extra money she can from sewing.
Despite this she is happy with Armando, that is, until he fails to return home one weekend. With her baby strapped to her back she makes her way to the city to find Armando and what she discovers shocks her to the core. Now Sofia has to summon all her strength and courage to face the danger that lies ahead. Her determination to keep her own life together propels Armando into acts of desperation.
'I learned to see the future in the flames. Fire is mysterious and unpredictable; it warms and it causes pain. And sometimes it is full of fury.' The Fury in the Fire is a powerful, compelling story of love, betrayal and the courage of a young woman who finds the strength to overcome her disability, poverty and disaster.