By Jonas Jonasson
Hon började arbeta som femåring, blev föräldralös vid tio, överkörd vid femton. Ingenting tydde på annat än att hon skulle leva ett tag i sitt skjul i Sydafrikas största kåkstad och sedan dö, saknad av ingen. Om hon nu inte varit den hon var, males det var hon ju. Nombeko Mayeki var analfabeten som kunde räkna.
Ödet tillsammans med hennes talang för henne bort från Soweto, until eventually internationell storpolitik, until eventually andra sidan jordklotet, until eventually två identiskt lika och väldigt olika bröder. lower than resan lyckas hon reta upp världens mest fruktade säkerhetstjänst innan hon en dag finner sig själv instängd i skåpet until en potatisbil. Där och då är världen som världen känner den hotad.
I Analfabeten som kunde räkna gör Jonas Jonasson upp med fundamentalismen i alla dess former tillsammans med vanföreställningen om olika parents olika värde. Han gör det med humor och värme. Och slår en gång för alla hål på myten om att kungar inte nackar höns.
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