The Man from Beijing (novel)

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The Man from Beijing
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Author Henning Mankell
Original title Kinesen
Translator Laurie Thompson
Country Sweden
Language Swedish, English translation
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Harvill Secker
Publication date
2008 (orig.), 2010 (English transl.)
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
ISBN 1-84655-257-5
Henning Mankell talks about The Man from Beijing on Bookbits radio.

The Man from Beijing is a novel by Swedish writer Henning Mankell first published in Swedish in 2008 under the title Kinesen (The Chinaman). The English translation by Laurie Thompson was published in February 2010.[1]


In January 2006 the police make the gruesome discovery of the bodies of 19 people who have been brutally murdered in the remote hamlet of Hesjövallen in northern Sweden. The protagonist Birgitta Roslin, a district judge from Helsingborg, realises she has a family connection with some of the victims. Roslin's curiosity is raised by clues found at the scene and leads her to unofficially investigate the massacre. The narrative also chronicles the lives of several characters living during the mid-19th century in China and the United States, whose experiences are somehow also connected to the mass killings. As the plot unfolds, extending across four continents, Roslin unintentionally becomes embroiled in a web of international corruption and political intrigue.[1]


Yellow Bird German Productions have acquired the TV film rights for the Swedish publication and as at February 2010 are planning the filming of The Chinese (working title) for the German broadcaster ARD.[2]

A TV adaptation was done in Austria on Dec 30, 2011[3] which was directed by Peter Keglevic and starred Suzanne von Borsody as Birgitta. The movie was nominated for 2 German Camera Awards for TV Film and Outstanding Editing.[4]

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