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New review, article and possible award for Henning Mankell
Posted 2005-02-10
Fiona Walker reviews Before the Frost for the excellent web site Mystery Ink. She writes:
  Very minor hiccups won't spoil this at all for Mankell fans, though. Linda is not the most compelling of the Wallander family (although she does provide a very interesting new viewpoint on her father, and we get other insights into the Wallander clan - particularly ex-wife Mona - that Kurt's perspective simply couldn't provide), but as soon as she's settled into her role, this new series could easily become just as special as when her father was at the helm.  

Continue on to the Mystery Ink web site for the full review.

Slavoj Zizek takes an academic look at Henning Mankell's work for the web site Here is an excerpt:

  Henning Mankell's recent series of police procedurals set in the southern Swedish town of Ystad, with the inspector Kurt Wallander as their hero, is the exemplary case of the fate of the detective novel in our era of global capitalism.

The main effect of globalisation on the detective fiction is discernible in its dialectical counterpart: the powerful reemergence of a specific locale as the story's setting -- a particular provincial environment. In a global world, a detective story can take place almost literally ANYWHERE...

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And finally, Mystery Ink has announced that Henning Mankell's The Return of the Dancing Master is shortlisted for their 2004 Gumshoe awards in the category for Best European Crime Novel. I'm trying to find out when the winners will be announced. Be sure to visit their site to see the novels in contention.