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The Henning Mankell appreciation thread 
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I love his books, esp. his Wallander-novels. awesome stories, subtle social criticism, tension, psychological insights.. they have got everything you might wanna have in a novel.

any fans here? any authors I should try if I like Mankell?

which is your favourite Mankell-Novel? the best one so far for me must be "Steget efter" ("Mittsommermord" in German, "One step behind" in English) which was incredibly exciting


Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:29 pm
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didn't think this topic would grow so quickly


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Sorry to say, but I don't know him....

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Something like a German version of Stephen Fry? :p

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Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:10 am
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nope.. stephen fry is funny.. mankell writes criminal novels... kurt wallander is his most popular figure .. he is a police inspector in sweden and the novels are on the one hand very exciting and on the other hand very well thought through, the characters are so real and human that you identify with them (or him in the case of Wallander) immediately. then there is this constant, often sublime criticism of society, swedish society as well as in a global aspect. i cant put away his books, i always read until i fall asleep.

if you are into criminal novels, criminal psychology and current society-matters you should check this out.. start with One step behind!


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I have to read one of his lesser known and shorter novels in Swedish during the Christmas break. It is called "Sprickan", which could probably be translated as "The Crack" in English, but I don't think it has been translated officially.


PS: Är du svensk, ratatoeskr?

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:49 pm
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no i'm german.. but somewhat fond of sweden and swedish culture... or scandinavia in general. ;)


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Then we have a common interest.

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unfortunately I couldn't travel there yet but someday, in a few years I will visit scandinavia..

I was very much into northern mythology when I was younger (well, still am but not as enthusiastically ;) ) - hence my pseudonym - and I have the impression that although esp. sweden might have problems they manage some things much better than e.g. Germany (e.g. when it comes to school system or social network). Then again Mankells books gives you an insight that already in the 90's things were messed up in sweden as well


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Check out this BBC broadcast on the Scandinavian Crime Novel, it is quite interesting.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wvcyj/Time_Shift_Series_10_Nordic_Noir_The_Story_of_Scandinavian_Crime_Fiction/

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