Sweden has provided several great Swedish writers whose works are slowly being introduced to English-speaking audiences. Henning Mankell is a respected writer who has written several plays and has written six police procedural novels featuring Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander. Faceless Killers is the first book in the series and it is very good. In the farming town of Lenarp, there has been a brutal assault against an elderly couple.
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This is due to the absence of his mother during his early years. Mankell and his elder sister lived with him there for the greater part of their childhood. While reminiscing about his life , Mankell often recalls his childhood moments in Sveg as some of the best in his life. This is despite the occasional loneliness he felt due to the lack of motherly love and affection in his childhood. Henning Mankell has revealed on numerous occasions that his childhood was characterised by wide reading that drove his imagination wild.
Taught at the age of six by his grandmother to read ,Mankell recalls, with much delight , his child hood reading days. Perhaps, much credit should be accorded to Judge Mankell who Henning says always encouraged them to read although he never lay much emphasis on what he and his sister should read specifically.
Mankell credits his later writing accomplishments to this early reading liberty that was granted by his father. Indeed , the role played by this early freedom in moulding his character and style as an author was very crucial.
Mankell moved to the Swedish town of Boras at the age of thirteen. Consequently ,he discontinued his secondary education at sixteen because of being bored with it. Henning then left for the French capital of Paris. However ,after a short stint in France, Henning left again to work as a sea man on a Swedish ship as a stevedore.
Mankell would later, upon much thought and reflection, describe his experience on the ship as his real university.
Henning Mankell did not make his debut into the world of novel writing until shortly after the demise of his father. Mankell remembers, with great sadness, this unfortunate event and often wishes that his diligent and dedicated father had seen the onset of his prosperous and widely acclaimed writing career.
The novel told the story of Swedish workers union movement and its success is proved by its continued printing even in the present day. Before releasing his first novel , Mankell had moved back to Paris and settled there in Mankell has described his financial situation during this time as extremely dire. Subsequently ,he moved to Stockholm to work as a stage hand. Henning Mankell then proceeded to write numerous novels and plays since then and cemented his place as one of the greatest novelists of all time.
The novel is about three generations of women in a Swedish history back drop. Written in a simple yet wonderful way, the novel is a literary masterpiece.
In the novel , Elna is impregnated by a soldier after a gruesome act of rape on a journey with her penfriend ,Viv. This is a sharp and unexpected twist of events since Elna was initially very excited to meet her long time penfriend.
The storyline is not full of twists and turns like a typical novel. Instead, it revolves around depression and the fact that every time each of the women is about to become successful ,an unexpected pregnancy gets in their way and changes the course of their life in a significant and unexpected way. Just like the title, the novel is very captivating and full of intrigue.
Numerous adversities such incapacitation by a landmine and the loss of her sisters must be overcome by Sofia in the course of her life. Gradually, Sofia realises that she is not as weak she had previously thought and manages to master her inner strength to trudge on in life. The book certainly meets all criteria and standards of a literary masterpiece in most , if not all, respects. Henning Mankell is more widely known for his Wallander crime series. The novels were so successful that they were made into a Swedish crime TV series.
One of the first series produced in and was taken directly from the novels while the rest of the storylines were suggested by Henning himself. Few authors can lay claim to such an incredible fete. It is also important to take note of the fact that Mankell spent most of his life in Africa. By his own admission, Henning Mankell reveals that this exposure to diverse cultures has played a crucial role in the molding of his character as an author. Since to the present day ,he spends at least half the year in Teatro Avenida in Maputo , Mozambique as an artistic leader.
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Yes, it had English actors playing Swedes and was filmed in Sweden. Just go with it. Written in , this book introduced Wallander as a police detective in a backwater town in Sweden. When an elderly couple are brutally assualted and murdered in their rural home in an apparently motiveless crime, the initial clues make some citizens think that someone in the flood of immigrants seeking asylum following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe is responsible. A wave of anti-immigrant violence and hysteria is on the verge of being unleashed. Wallander is having enough trouble dealing with his messy personal life.
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This is due to the absence of his mother during his early years. Mankell and his elder sister lived with him there for the greater part of their childhood. While reminiscing about his life , Mankell often recalls his childhood moments in Sveg as some of the best in his life. This is despite the occasional loneliness he felt due to the lack of motherly love and affection in his childhood. Henning Mankell has revealed on numerous occasions that his childhood was characterised by wide reading that drove his imagination wild. Taught at the age of six by his grandmother to read ,Mankell recalls, with much delight , his child hood reading days.
Faceless Killers : Kurt Wallander
We read this book last year after hearing that PBS network was going to air the Faceless Killers as part of their Masterpiece Mystery series. Movies often tend to leave imporatnt details and poetic language out and afterwards one feels lazy to go back and read the book at least in my case. I was not disappointed: Wow! What a story.