Sunday, 9 May 2010


Himmelblomsttreet by Gert Nygårdshaug (1995)

This is the sequel to Mengele Zoo. Another book that should be translated into other languages. The book opens with a Norwegian, Jens Oder or Yensho as he is known to the Brazilians, coming back to a Europe in war to fulfil the great plan. But something goes terribly wrong and he watches his friends being crushed in the coffins they have been hiding in on a ship when arriving at a harbour in Portugal. He is then captured and brought to a monastery somewhere. Then the book goes backwards to Amazonas where he had started up an organisation that collects seeds from the plants in the rain forest and analyse and save them for the future. But as in Mengele Zoo, the village where the sampling take place is destroyed by multinational corporations. And then Yensho meets Mino, the eco-terrorist.

It took me a while to get into the sequel, but once I did, I read the remaining 350 pages in one sitting. Loved it as much, or perhaps even more, than Mengele Zoo.

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