Mankell in New York in 2011
February 3, 1948 |
|Occupation||Novelist, playwright, publisher|
|Notable work(s)||The Kurt Wallander novels|
Henning Mankell (born 3 February 1948) is a Swedish crime writer, children's author, leftist activist and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most famous creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander.
Life and career 
Mankell was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948. His parents divorced when he was one year old, and for a majority of his childhood lived with his father, Ivar, and an older sister. The three lived first in Sveg (Härjedalen), where his father was a district judge, and later, Borås (Västergötland). Mankell's grandfather, also named Henning Mankell (1868–1930), was a composer. At the age of 20 he had already started a career as author and assistant director at the Riksteater in Stockholm. In the following years he collaborated with several theatres in Sweden.
In his youth Mankell was a left-wing political activist and a strong opponent of the Vietnam War, South African apartheid and Portugal's colonial war in Mozambique. In the 1970s Mankell moved from Sweden to Norway and lived with a Norwegian woman who was a member of the Maoist Communist Labour Party of Norway. Mankell took part in the party's activities but did not join the party.
After living in Zambia and other African countries, Mankell was invited to become the artistic director of Teatro Avenida in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. He now spends at least half the year in Maputo working with the theatre and writing. Recently he built up his own publishing house (Leopard Förlag) in order to support young talents from Africa and Sweden.
Mankell developed two original stories for the German police series Tatort. Actor Axel Milberg, who portrays Inspector Klaus Borowski, had asked Mankell to contribute to the show as the two were promoting The Chinaman audio book, a project that Milberg had worked on. The episodes will be broadcast in Germany in 2010.
Mankell is set to work on a screenplay for Sveriges Television about his father-in-law, the famous movie and theatre director Ingmar Bergman during 2010 and the series will be produced in four one-hour episodes. Production is planned for 2011. Mankell pitched the project to Sveriges Television and will include international co-producers/financiers.
Political views 
Mankell participated in the Protests of 1968 in Sweden, protesting against, among other things, the Vietnam War, the Portuguese Colonial War and the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Furthermore, he got involved with the society Folket i Bild/Kulturfront which focused on cultural policy studies. During his stay in Norway in the 1970s, he got in contact with the far-left Norwegian Workers' Communist Party (AKP-ml) and took an active part in their actions. In 2002 he gave financial support by buying stocks for 50,000 NOK in the Norwegian left-wing newspaper Klassekampen.
In 2009, Mankell was a guest at a Palestinian literary conference. Thereafter, he claimed to have seen "repetition of the despicable Apartheid system that once treated Africans and coloured as second-class citizens in their own country". He also found a resemblance between the Israeli West Bank barrier and the Berlin Wall. Considering the environment the Palestinian people live in, he continued, it is not astonishing that "some decide to become suicide bombers....it is strange that there are not more of them". "The Israelis" would "destroy lives" and the Israeli State is not to have a future in its current form, as a two-state solution would not reverse the "historical occupation". He claimed not to have encountered antisemitism during his journey, just "hatred against the occupants that is completely normal and understandable".
Gaza flotilla 
Henning Mankell was on board the MS Sofia, one of the boats which took part in the flotilla which tried to break the Israeli embargo of the Gaza strip. Following the Israel Defense Forces' boarding of the flotilla on the morning of May 31, 2010, Mankell was deported to Sweden. He subsequently called for global sanctions against Israel. He is currently considering halting the Hebrew translations of his books.
Crime fiction 
Kurt Wallander 
Kurt Wallander is a fictional police inspector living and working in Ystad, Sweden. In the novels, he solves shocking murders with his colleagues. The novels have an underlying question: "What went wrong with Swedish society?" The series has won many awards, including the German Crime Prize and the British 2001 CWA Gold Dagger for Sidetracked. The ninth book, The Pyramid, is a prequel: a collection of five novellas (Wallander's First Case, The Man with the Mask, The Man on the Beach, The Death of the Photographer, The Pyramid) about Wallander's past, with the last one ending just before the start of Faceless Killers. Ten years after The Pyramid, Mankell published another Wallander novel, The Troubled Man, which he said would definitely be the last in the series.
- Mördare utan ansikte (1991; English translation by Steven T. Murray: Faceless Killers, 1997)
- Hundarna i Riga (1992; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Dogs of Riga, 2001)
- Den vita lejoninnan (1993; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The White Lioness, 1998)
- Mannen som log (1994; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Man Who Smiled, 2005)
- Villospår (1995; English translation by Steven T. Murray: Sidetracked, 1999) Gold Dagger 2001
- Den femte kvinnan (1996; English translation by Steven T. Murray: The Fifth Woman, 2000)
- Steget efter (1997; English translation by Ebba Segerberg: One Step Behind, 2002)
- Brandvägg (1998; English translation by Ebba Segerberg: Firewall, 2002)
- Het Graf ("The Grave" was originally published as a novella in Dutch 2004 - translated into English as The Hand, 2014).
- Pyramiden (1999; short stories; English translation by Ebba Segerberg with Laurie Thompson: The Pyramid, 2008)
- Den orolige mannen (2009; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Troubled Man, 2011)
Linda Wallander 
- Danslärarens återkomst (2000; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Return of the Dancing Master, 2004)
- Kennedys hjärna (2005; English translation by Laurie Thompson: Kennedy's Brain, 2007, U.S. release)
- Kinesen (2007; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Man from Beijing, 2010)
Other fiction 
- Vettvillingen (1977)
- Fångvårdskolonin som försvann (1979)
- Dödsbrickan (1980)
- En seglares död (1981)
- Daisy Sisters (1982)
- Sagan om Isidor (1984)
- Leopardens öga (1990); English translation by Steven T. Murray: The Eye of the Leopard, (2008)
- Comédia infantil (1995); English translation by Tiina Nunnally: Chronicler of the Winds, (2006)
- Vindens son (2000); English translation by Steven T. Murray: Daniel (2010)
- Tea-Bag (2001) English translation by Ebba Segerberg: The Shadow Girls (2012)
- Djup (2004); English translation by Laurie Thompson: Depths, (2006)
- Italienska skor (2006); English translation by Laurie Thompson: Italian Shoes, (2009)
- A Treacherous Paradise" (2013)
Children's books 
Books about Sofia 
- Secrets in the Fire – 2000 (Eldens hemlighet, 1995)
- Playing with Fire – 2002 (Eldens gåta, 2001)
- The Fury in the Fire – 2009 (Eldens vrede, 2005)
Joel Gustafsson series 
- A Bridge to the Stars – 2005 (Hunden som sprang mot en stjärna – 1990)
- Shadows in the Twilight – 2007 (Skuggorna växer i skymningen – 1991)
- When the Snow Fell – 2007 (Pojken som sov med snö i sin säng – 1996)
- The Journey to the End of the World – 2008 (Resan till världens ände – 1998)
For younger children 
- The Cat Who Liked Rain – 2007
Film and television 
Mankell has also written original screenplays for television.
- Etterfølgeren (1997)
- Labyrinten (2000) TV mini-series
- Talismanen (2003) TV mini-series (co-written with Jan Guillou)
- Unnamed Ingmar Bergman docudrama (2012) TV mini-series
- Älskade syster (1983) – Beloved Sister
- Apelsinträdet (1983) – The Orange Tree
- Att Storma Himlen
- Berättelser På Tidens Strand
- Bergsprängaren (1973)
- Butterfly Blues
- Daisy Sisters (1982)
- Darwins kapten (2010) – Darwin's Captain
- Den Samvetslöse Mördaren Hasse Karlsson...
- Dödsbrickan (1980)
- Eldens gåta (2001) – Fire Riddle
- En Gammal Man Som Dansar
- En Höstkväll Innan Tystnaden
- En seglares död (1981) – Death of a Sailor
- Fångvårdskolonin som försvann (1979)
- I sand och i lera (1999) – In Sand and Mud
- In Duisternis (2010) – Time of Darkness
- Innan Gryningen
- Italienska skor (2006) – Italian shoes
- Jag dör, men minnet lever (2003) – I Die, but the Memory Lives
- Kakelugnen På Myren
- Katten som älskade regn (1992) The Cat that Loved Rain
- Labyrinten (2000) – The Labyrinth
- Mannen Som Byggde Kojor
- Möte Om Eftermiddagen
- Och Sanden Ropar...
- Pojken som sov med snö i sin säng (1996) – The Boy Who Slept with Snow in His Bed
- Politik (2010) – Politics
- Resan till värdens ände (1998) – Journey to The End of the World
- Sagan om Isidor (1984) Isidor's Saga
- Sandmålaren (1974) – Sand painter
- Svarte Petter
- Tea-Bag (2001)
- Tyckte Jag Hörde Hundar
- Vettvillingen (1977) – The Maniac
Film and television adaptations 
- Wallander (1997–2007) Sveriges Television. Swedish language.
- Wallander (2005, 2009) Yellow Bird for TV4 (Sweden). Swedish language.
- Wallander (2008, 2009) Yellow Bird for BBC (UK). English language.
Awards and honours 
- 1991 – Swedish Crime Writers' Academy, Best Swedish Crime Novel Award for Faceless Killers
- 1991 – The Nils Holgersson Prize for A Bridge to the Stars
- 1992 – The Glass Key Award For Best Nordic Crime Novel: Faceless Killers
- 1993 – Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Bridge to the Stars
- 1995 – Swedish Crime Writers' Academy, Best Swedish Crime Novel Award for Sidetracked
- 1996 – Swedish Astrid Lindgren Prize
- 2001 – Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year: Sidetracked
- 2001 – Corine Literature Prize for One Step behind
- 2005 – Gumshoe Award for Best European Crime Novel: The Return of the Dancing Master
- 2008 – Corine Literature Prize for the German Audiobook The Man from Beijing
See also 
- Augustsson, Lars Åke; Hansén, Stig (2001). De svenska maoisterna (in Swedish). Gothenburg: Lindelöw. ISBN 91-88144-48-8.
- VG Helg, 18.10.2008.
- Flood, Alison (31 May 2010). "Author Henning Mankell aboard Gaza flotilla stormed by Israeli troops". The Guardian.
- Robert Booth; Kate Connolly; Tom Phillips; Helena Smith (2 June 2010). "Gaza flotilla raid: 'We heard gunfire – then our ship turned into lake of blood'". The Guardian.
- "Crime writer Mankell will be on next Gaza aid flotilla". Yahoo! News (Stockholm). Agence France-Presse. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. "Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell will take part in the next international flotilla that will attempt to bring aid to Gaza at the end of June, organisers said Wednesday."
- "Freedom Flotilla 2 to sail for Gaza by end of June". Almasry Alyoum. MENA. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. "The international steering committee of Freedom Flotilla 2, a planned convoy of ships aiming to bring material and moral support to the besieged people of Gaza, announced on Tuesday that the flotilla's intended launch date is to be postponed until June."
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- The Pyramid'
- Wroe, Nicholas (20 February 2010). "A Life in writing: Henning Mankell". The Guardian.
- Inspector Wallander.org website
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