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The Return of the Dancing Master
Originally published in Swedish as Danslärarens återkomst in 2000 and later translated into German as Die Rückkehr des Tanzlehrers.

Synopsis
"The Return of the Dancing Master" marks the creation of a new Henning Mankell detective named Stefan Lindman. It is unknown if this will become a continuing series or if it is a single work. Interestingly, associates of one of the murder victims from the Kurt Wallander novel Sidetracked make a substantial appearance in this novel.

From the New Press
December 12, 1945. Nazi Germany lies in ruins as a British warplane lands in Buckeburg. A man carrying a small black bag quickly disembarks and travels to Hameln, where he disappears behind the prison gates. Early the next day, nine male and three female war criminals are hanged.

Fifty-four years later, retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in Härjedalen, Sweden. At the murder scene, the police discover strange tracks in the blood on the floor... as if someone had been practicing the tango.

Stefan Lindman, a young police officer on extended sick leave, hears about the murder of his former colleague and decides to investigate it himself. Lindman's inquiry becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as he uncovers the links between Herbert Molin's death and a global web of neo-Nazi activity.

From The Harvill Press:
Herbert Molin, a retired police officer, lives alone in a remote cottage in northern Sweden. Two things seem to consume him; his passion for the tango, and an obsession with the "demons" he believes to be pursuing him. Early one morning shots shatter Molin's window- by the time his body is found it is almost unrecognisable. Stefan Lindman is another off-the-job police officer.

On extended sick leave due to having cancer of the tongue Lindman hears about the murder of his former colleague and, in a bid to take his mind off his own problems, decides to investigate. As his investigation becomes increasingly complex it is with both horror and disbelief that Lindman uncovers links to a global web of neo-Nazi activity.

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Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Danslärarens återkomst 2000 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English The Return of the Dancing Master 2003 Laurie Thompson
Flag of Germany German Die Rückkehr des Tanzlehrers 2002 Wolfgang Butt
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch De terugkeer van de dansleraar 2005 Ydelet Westra
Flag of France French Le retour du professeur de danse 2006 Anna Gibson
Flag of Italy Italian ??    
Flag of Spain Spanish El retorno del profesor de baile 2005 Carmen Montes Cano
Flag of Spain Catalan El retorn del professor de ball 2005 Ivette Miravitllas Pous
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Danselærerens tilbakekomst 2001 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Tanssinopettajan paluu    
Flag of Denmark Danish ??    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic ??    
Flag of Portugal Portuguese ??    
Flag of Greece Greek ??    
Flag of Poland Polish ??    
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian ??    
Flag of Turkey Turkish Dans Öğretmeninin Dönüşü 2006 Pınar Öcal
Flag of Japan Japanese ??    
Flag of South Korea Korean ??    
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese ??    

Film Information
Two films have been made of The Return of the Dancing Master and a third is planned. Both a Swedish and Austrian version exist, and a British one is to follow in 2006.

Here are stills from the Austrian production filmed in English with an international cast.

Film Still Film Still Film Still Film Still
Stefan Lindman Guiseppe Larsson
and Lindman
Herbert Molin practicing the tango
Film Still Film Still Film Still Film Still
Veronica Molin Guiseppe Larsson Fernando Hereira Lindman and Molin

Images copyright Lisa Films and Zsolnay.


Product List
Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
ISBN: 1400076951
Released: 2005-Feb-08
Status: Available
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 466
ISBN: 0099455463
Released: 2004-Apr-01
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 466
ISBN: 1843430584
Released: 2003-Oct-30
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 466
ISBN: 1843430614
Released: 2003-Oct-30
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 464
ISBN: 1565848608
Released: 2004-Feb-02
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: ISIS Large Print
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 346
ISBN: 0753171570
Released: 2004-May
Status: Unreleased
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Die Rückkehr des Tanzlehrers Flag Publisher: Dtv
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 500
ISBN: 3423207507
Released: 2004-Sept
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Die Rückkehr des Tanzlehrers Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 500
ISBN: 3552052054
Released: 2002-Oct
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail El retorno del profesor de baile Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
ISBN: 8483103206
Released: 2005-Nov
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Product Thumbnail El retorn del profesor de ball (Catalan) Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 424
ISBN: 8483104466
Released: 2005-Nov
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Audio Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: CD
Length: Unabridged, 14 CDs, 14 hrs 11 mins
ISBN: 075312310X
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
ISIS Publishing
Product Thumbnail The Return of the Dancing Master Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: Cassette Tapes
Length: Unabridged, 14 tapes, 14 hrs 11 mins
ISBN: 0753119633
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
ISIS Publishing
DVD & Video
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Danslärarens återkomst Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Early Bird Films
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Swedish with English, Swedish, Norwegian subtitles
Rating: 15
Released: 2005-May-11
Status: Available
DVD.se
DiscShop.se
Product Thumbnail El retorno del profesor de baile Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Llamentol
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Spanish
Rating:
Released: 2006-Apr-15
Status: In Print
DvdGo.com
Product Thumbnail Rückkehr des Tanzlehrers Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Lisa Films
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Overdubbed in German, no subtitles
Rating: FSK 16
Released: 2004-Apr-14
Status: Available
Amazon.de