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Henning Mankell
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Henning Mankell

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. “The Eye of the Leopard”, “The Man from Beijing”, “I die, but the memory lives on”, “Chronicler of the wind” and “Before the frost” are among his most famous publications. He has won a lot of prestigious prizes, such as The Glass Key Award For Best Nordic Crime Novel, the Swedish Astrid Lindgren Prize and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year.

The novels about Kurt Wallander, at the moment comprising 10 books, mainly take place in the Swedish town of Ystad. The novels not only focus on the violent murders which the inspector solves, but also on the problems in Swedish society which directly or indirectly creates the crime. Several of the books have an international connection, such as “The Dogs of Riga” (Latvia) and “The White Lioness” (South Africa).

Mankell is also well-known for his sincere commitment to politics and has been engaged in a number of different projects throughout the years, through debate articles, financial support or participation. In 2011 he participated in Ship to Gaza, a convoy of ships that tried to break the Israeli embargo of the Gaza strip, and was arrested and deported to Sweden.

Henning Mankell also has a strong connection to Africa, with several of his books taking place on the continent, and since 1986 he is the artistic leader at Teatro Avenida in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, where he lives for up to six months every year.  

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 Book presentations 

The Dogs of Riga

The second book in the Kurt Wallander series.

Italian Shoes

On a small, isolated island in the Stockholm archipelago, Fredrik Welin is living a quiet life together with his pets and has almost no connections to other human beings.

I Die, But the Memory Lives On

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 Man from Beijing

On a freezing day in January, a body is found in the snow in the small village of Hesjövallen in northern Sweden and the police are called for investigation.



Publications

The Dogs of Riga

by Henning Mankell
The second book in the Kurt Wallander series.

Italian Shoes

by Henning Mankell
On a small, isolated island in the Stockholm archipelago, Fredrik Welin is living a quiet life together with his pets and has almost no connections to other human beings.

I Die, But the Memory Lives On

by Henning Mankell
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 Man from Beijing

by Henning Mankell
On a freezing day in January, a body is found in the snow in the small village of Hesjövallen in northern Sweden and the police are called for investigation.

Books of special interest

The Merman

by Carl-Johan Vallgren
A story about the darkness that lives in all humans, even though most of us try to deny it.

Echoes from the Dead

by Johan Theorin
This is the first novel in the author’s planned quartet of books taking place on the Swedish island of Öland.

The Dogs of Riga

by Henning Mankell
The second book in the Kurt Wallander series.

Simon and the Oaks

by Marianne Fredriksson
A beautiful story about sons and their mothers.

New Collected Poems

by Tomas Tranströmer
Tomas Tranströmer is the 2011 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature. This books contains his collected work from his debut in 1954 with "17 Poems" to his most recent publications.

The Red Room

by August Strindberg
Criticizing the moral and hypocrisy in 1870s Stockholm.

Children's books

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

by Selma Lagerlöf
“The Wonderful Adventures of Nils”, written in 1906 to 1907, came to be when Selma Lagerlöf was asked to write a book that could teach Swedish geography to school children.

Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking lives alone in the big house “Villekulla“. Her father is busy pirating at sea and ruling as king of Kurrekurredutt Isle. But she is not lonely, as she has her friends Tommy and Annika, her horse Little buddy and her monkey Mr. Nilsson.

Bridget and the Moose Brothers

by Pija Lindenbaum
Bridget is all alone. She wants a sibling. A small one who can fit in her doll bed. Or maybe a big brother. Outside her building she meets the moose brothers and invites them to her room, having big plans to become their little sister.

When Owen's Mom Breathed Fire

by Pija Lindenbaum
Owen´s mom is always very busy. Every morning she is in a great hurry to get Owen up and to school and herself to work. But one day she has been turned into a big dragon and no longer knows how to be a mum.

The Diamond Mystery

by Martin Widmark
The first part in the popular series about Jerry and Maya, the children who are running their very own detective agency.

The Literary Magazine lists

Money

by Victoria Benedictsson
“Money” is Benedictsson's first novel, publish...

The Merman

by Carl-Johan Vallgren
Coming from a shattered family, the children Nella and Robert ...

Miss Julie

by August Strindberg
It’s Midsummer night in 1874 at a Count’s estate s...

The Red Room

by August Strindberg
First published in 1879, it received mixed reviews in Sweden, ...

New Collected Poems

by Tomas Tranströmer
Tomas Tranströmer is the 2011 Nobel Prize laureate in Lit...

The Dogs of Riga

by Henning Mankell
It’s the winter of 1991 and a small life raft with two d...

Italian Shoes

by Henning Mankell
On a small, isolated island in the Stockholm archipelago, Fred...

I Die, But the Memory Lives On

by Henning Mankell
A nonfictional fable about a growing tradition in countries in...

The Man from Beijing

by Henning Mankell
On a freezing day in January, a body is found in the snow in t...

The Ice Princess

by Camilla Läckberg
Published in 2002, this is Camilla Läckberg’s debut...

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