I Die, But the Memory Lives On
A nonfictional fable about a growing tradition in countries in Africa plagued by AIDS, the Memory Book Project, which gives dying people the possibility to record their lives in pictures and words in small booklets to the families they leave behind.
Henning Mankell travels to Uganda and finds villages which are only inhabited by elders and children, the ones left behind when AIDS swept away an entire generation. The thin notebooks left behind by the AIDS victims are full of small personal things, not only notes and pictures, but also pieces of nature that meant the world to the person writing it. Mankell meets families that have nothing left from their loved ones but those notebooks. “I die, but the memory lives on” contains several abstractions from Memory Books. Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Henning Mankell (born in 1948) is mainly known for his crime novels, starring his creation Inspector Kurt Wallander. Mankell made his fictional debut in 1977 and has since then published close to 80 plays, crime novels, essays, children’s books and fiction for young adults.