A genius from Soweto, a non-existent twin and an atomic bomb walk into a bar…

You can't help but love Jonassons versions of history

You can’t help but love Jonassons versions of history

Jonas Jonasson is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I actually squealed aloud in the bookstore when I saw that he had a new book out.

In true Jonasson style, much like his best selling first novel, he provides readers with a quirky version of history, this time beginning in Soweto during apartheid South Africa.

This marvelous novel tells the story of genius orphan, Nombeko, who gets herself wrapped up with the illicit events that unfolded in apartheid South Africa’s biggest kept secret, Pelindaba, where the government developed atomic bombs. However, Nombeko’s tale takes us all the way to Sweden, where we meet Holger & Holger, twins bred for the sole purpose of bringing an end to the monarchy of Sweden, due to a grudge held by their radical father. 

While Jonasson likes to mock history, his research is thorough, and his depiction of South Africa is impressive and this book does not disappoint.

I paired this with the delightfully light Neethlingshof Sauvignon Blanc which was not overly sweet, but fruity with hints of asparagus.

Enjoy!

 

 

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