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If I ruled the world: Henning Mankell

Everyone should be able to read this column—I'd use my powers to eradicate illiteracy

By Henning Mankell   January 2013

Photo: Adrian Sherratt Photography Ltd/Rex Features

I’m sure that even the smallest child experiences the desire to rule the world, whether as a result of anger or innocent hubris. A parent forbidding a child from going out onto a jetty, or somewhere else where there’s a risk of drowning, could provoke this reaction. Both the child and the parents know the water is barely a hand’s breadth deep. And yet the child is still forbidden. Everyone can identify with the furious reaction such a situation justifiably provokes.

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