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Another wonderful visit, would definitely read again: Most of the Wallander series are set in gloom. Seemingly, literary detection is drifting to chillier parts.

Kurt Wallander, the hero in Mankell’s novels, is the alter ego of his creator: I truly empathised with him.

When this is leaked to the press, racial hatred is unleashed. All in all I thought this was an excellent police procedural, realistically showing the hnning and determination often required to solve a major crime with few clues to go on. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Retrieved from ” https: There are two basic reasons why this book deserves five stars and is indeed a masterpiece. The only thing we don’t have in Ystad yet is prostitution.

How does it help him solve the murder of the Somali refugee?

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Kurt Wallander remains one of the most impressive and credible creations of crime fiction today. It wasand for two years Mankell worked as a stevedore on a Swedish ship ferrying coal and iron ore to Europe and America.

Some honours and awards: Curiously, Mankell regards Shakespeare as “quite an African” author Hamlet, he believes, could be performed as an “African kingdom saga” and the “next Shakespeare”, he adds, may well be an African. Mankell says he does not want his readers to feel he is “bored” with his creation, so he has decided to retire his detective.

This Danish thriller radiated an unfamiliar polar chill, but it was Mankell who truly opened the door for Nordic crime. Is Wallander a hero? Please try again later. He loved the ship’s “decent, hard-working” community and considers his time at sea his “real university”.

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Prior to her death, she mentions an odd word. Sometimes, when he read a crime novel, he discovered with a sigh things were just as bad in fiction.

Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell. In fact, an international news story kiolers has facleess gone unnoticed is that while the world watched as Israeli soldiers captured ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade, few people are aware that among the prisoners of the Israelis was one of the world’s most successful and acclaimed writers: Works long hours, suffers from loneliness and seems to have a constantly bruised face from fights and the like and yet I loved his character so much.


Henning Mankell, the most internationally famous Swedish writer since Strindberg, is now part of the canon.

Faceless Killers

The police are puzzled. The protagonist is certainly a believable character, battered and bruised by life and by criminals he is as fallible as he is diligent.

The society that Wallander must occupy is one that has fractured under cultural shifts in race, equality, and morality, and ceaselessly draws Wallander and his associates back into the savage brutality it reaps. Two, this is a book with deep roots in Swedish society, and by extension, in the society of any advanced country that calls itself like Sweden a democracy, that believes it has humanitarian traditions.

And now I’m really hooked. View all 4 comments.