Henning Mankell (born February 3, 1948) is a renowned Swedish crime writer, occasional children's author and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most iconic creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Political views
- 3 Bibliography
- 4 Plays
- 5 Film and television adaptations
- 6 Awards and honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Life and career
Mankell was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Sveg (Härjedalen) and Borås (Västergötland). Mankell's father Ivar was a judge and his grandfather, also called Henning Mankell (1868–1930), was a composer. At the age of 20 he already started a career as author and assistant director at the Riks Theater in Stockholm. In the following years he collaborated with several theaters 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 Labor Party of Norway. Mankell took part in the party's activities but never himself joined the party.
After living in Zambia and other African countries, Henning 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 recently donated 15 million Swedish kronor to SOS Children's Villages for a village for homeless children in Mozambique. Mankell has said he's giving away half of his income to charity causes.
Mankell developed two original stories for German cop show 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.
Mankell participated in the Protests of 1968 in Sweden, protesting 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, he got in contact with the Norwegian Workers' Communist Party and took an active part in their actions.
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 his current form, as a two-state solution would not reverse the "historical occupation". He claimed to have not encountered antisemitism during his journey, just "hatred against the occupants that is completely normal and understandable".
Henning Mankell was on board the MS Sofia, one of the boats which took part in the Gaza relief flotilla which tried to break the Israeli embargo of the Gaza strip. Following the Israeli armed forces' boarding of the flotilla on the morning of 31 May 2010, in which 9 flotilla members were killed, Mankell was deported to Sweden. He subsequently called for global sanctions against Israel. He is currently considering to halt the Hebrew translations of his books.
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 most recent book, The Pyramid, is a collection of short stories about Wallander's past. In an interview about the new British adaptations starring Kenneth Branagh, Mankell recently conceded that he had in fact begun work on a new Wallander novel.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Danslärarens återkomst (2000; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Return of the Dancing Master, 2004)
- Kennedys hjärna (2007; English translation by Laurie Thompson: Kennedy's Brain, 2007- U.S. Release)
- Kinesen (2007; English translation by Laurie Thompson: The Man from Beijing, 2010)
- 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: Son of the Wind, (forthcoming in 2012)
- Tea-Bag (2001)
- Djup (2004); English translation by Laurie Thompson: Depths, (2006)
- Italienska skor (2006); English translation by Laurie Thompson: Italian Shoes, (2009)
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 Gustafson 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.
- Unnamed Ingmar Bergman docudrama (2012) TV mini-series
- Talismanen (2003) TV mini-series (Co-written with Jan Guillou)
- Labyrinten (2000) TV mini-series
- Etterfølgeren (1997)
- Bergsprängaren (1973)
- Sandmålaren (1974) – Sand painter
- Vettvillingen (1977) – The Maniac
- Fångvårdskolonin som försvann (1979)
- Dödsbrickan (1980)
- En seglares död (1981) – Death of a Sailor
- Daisy Sisters (1982)
- Apelsinträdet (1983) – The Orange Tree
- Älskade syster (1983) – Beloved Sister
- Sagan om Isidor (1984) Isidor's Saga
- Katten som älskade regn (1992) The Cat that Loved Rain
- Pojken som sov med snö i sin säng (1996) – The Boy Who Slept with Snow in His Bed
- Resan till värdens ände (1998) – Journey to The End of the World
- I sand och i lera (1999) – In Sand and Mud
- Labyrinten (2000) – The Labyrinth
- Eldens gåta (2001) – Fire Riddle
- Tea-Bag (2001)
- Jag dör, men minnet lever (2003) – I Die, but the Memory Lives
- Italienska skor (2006) – Italian shoes
- Politik (2010) – Politics
Plays with no release date available:
- Darwins kapten
- Att Storma Himlen
- Mannen Som Byggde Kojor
- Och Sanden Ropar...
- Svarte Petter
- Berättelser På Tidens Strand
- Den Samvetslöse Mördaren Hasse Karlsson...
- Innan Gryningen
- En Gammal Man Som Dansar
- Kakelugnen På Myren
- Butterfly Blues
- Möte Om Eftermiddagen
- En Höstkväll Innan Tystnaden
- Tyckte Jag Hörde Hundar
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
- 2001 – Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year: Sidetracked
- 2005 – Gumshoe Award for Best European Crime Novel: The Return of the Dancing Master
Astrid Lindgren Prize
- Augustsson, Lars Åke; Hansén, Stig (2001). De svenska maoisterna (in Swedish). Gothenburg: Lindelöw. ISBN 91-88144-48-8.
- Flood, Alison (2010-05-31). "Author Henning Mankell aboard Gaza flotilla stormed by Israeli troops". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/may/31/henning-mankell-israel-flotilla-gaza.
- 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. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/02/gaza-flotilla-raid-gunfire-ship-blood.
- pronounced Ue-stad ("ue" as in "muesli" and "a" as in "father" – not pronounced as in the recent 2008 UK television adaptation
- Official Henning Mankell site
- Comprehensive Henning Mankell fan site
- Henning Mankell: the artist of the Parallax View – Slavoj Zizek
- The Mirror of Crime: Henning Mankell interview at Tangled Web.
- Der Spiegel Interview (12/2004)
- Guardian Interview (11/2003)
- "Stopped by Apartheid": article written on return from 2009 Palestine Festival of Literature
- Audio: Henning Mankell in conversation on the BBC World Service discussion show The Forum
- Henning Mankell on Gaza flotilla attack: 'I think they went out to murder, The Guardian 3 June 2010