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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.

Recommended to TL by: Mankell seems to feel the need to point out the tranquility of the village that the murder take place in, whereas now the social commentary is less signposted, more a drip-feed trickling into a readers subconscious and altogether less heavy-handed.

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New life-saving treatments are constantly being found… Mankell, by contrast, is a strong defender of what he calls the mankeell novel” and the “virtues” of plot and character. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell 3 20 Sep 04, Given his erotic dreams and pursuit of the attractive deputy prosecuting attorney, Anette Brolin, it seems more likely that he was wilfully blind to his own emotions and delaying facing the truth.

What killwrs is in the image? Mar 04, TL rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Wallander is a tough, realistic, angst-ridden policeman living and working in small-town Sweden that’s getting grittier by the decade Mankell says he would not care to be Wallander’s friend.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. The plot arises like a Phoenix from this backdrop of which Mankell is a crucial source both personally and professionally as enlightening the world to such problems. Another mankekl, the children’s school holidays were prolonged as their father investigated a local murder.

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The novel was adapted into a four-episode television miniseries, Wallander iillers, by the Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Television in Gossip about his “cuckolded” father spread quickly in Sveg, the village where he worked.

The novelist Maggie Gee is similarly entranced. No ulcer ridden, overworked police chief barking killets here, or lengthy descriptions of cityscapes; the author has created an ominous, heady atmosphere of fear and simmering outrage after a murder of an elderly couple in a bucolic farming village. Often he wonders if he should be a policeman at all, but stoically pushes on with his investigations into murder, child abuse, drug-smuggling and racial violence.

In Africa, Mankell is passionately committed to the fight against Aids and devotes much of his spare time to his “memory books” project, which aims to raise awareness of the catastrophe. Since Sweden is in the midst of a large influx of foreign nationals seeking asylum — and being mightily resented by native Swedes, Wallander knows that he has a big weight on his hands.

A double murder and an ensuing manhunt which soon triggers another murder Mozambique, he adds, was partly an escape from domestic ties.

Kurt isn’t perfect, he makes mistakes but he presses on. The novel starts with a horrendous crime. It is faecless case-sensitive. Did the couple have money? Mankell’s social conscience, his cool attitude towards nationalism and intolerance is largely a result of the writer’s commitment to helping the disadvantaged see his theater work in Africa.

February 3Stockholm. Retrieved from ” https: Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has piqued his interest, in this case, Wallander finds a problem he can handle.

Even though he doesn’t manage to get through the list most days and experiences numerous setbacks, he just starts over again the next morning even if doesn’t really feel like trying. We explore the setting for the novels: Mankell is a very good writer and I admire what he has done here. But before you make the assumption that this is yet another addition to the somberness and darkness that characterizes Oillers writing Mankell often confounds this cliche with guarded optimism and passages crammed with humanity for Mankell, this is true both personally and professionally as a writer.


There is no apparent motive and there are virtually no clues, save for the last dying word of the murdered woman, which is “Foreign. Interestingly Wallander does concede that the fragmentation of his family is something he could have halted, growing apart from his wife and losing connection with his daughter at fifteen when the marriage was floundering.

This past summer I’ve read three books of Mankell; this being the latest I’ve read; and then this: It also means that we can never give up seeking the truth. Police procedural with personal texture. It is a story of patience, of relentless police procedurals, of an alertness to the seemingly obvious. To what extent is this kind of intuition responsible for solving crimes in Faceless Killers?

He has been stopped by his colleagues for drink-driving, and his grown-up daughter Linda has attempted suicide.

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View all 15 comments. German tourists descend on the Ystad police headquarters and photograph each other standing in the long corridors. As the hero of many detective novels after this story, he cuts a sorry figure – and yet, a realistic one.