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Review of Henning Mankell's novel, Tea-Bag, at SBR
Posted 2004-05-31
Tea-Bag by Henning MankellAnother review from Laurie Thompson for the Swedish Book Review, this time on the upcoming novel Tea-Bag from Henning Mankell. Here is an extract:
  This is the first book Henning Mankell has written for a new publishing house in Stockholm, Leopard. (Mankell provides the cash, and the formidable publishing expertise comes from his former editor at Ordfront.) Fittingly, this new venture is different from the Mankell books we have read so far: it is not about Inspector Wallander. it is not about Africa, and it is not for children. It is often very funny -- Mankell has frequently been asked why he hasn't introduced more humour into his best-selling Wallander series; those who thought he was incapable of it should read Tea-Bag.

But besides being funny, Tea-Bag is also a very serious and thought-provoking novel.

The humour is usually to do with the ironic send-up of the current Swedish obsession with writing crime novels (although the punch-up following a poetry reading at a sedate provincial library in a provincial Swedish town makes delicious reading).

 

It sounds quite interesting to be sure. Unfortunately, I have no news on an expected English-language publication date.

Read the full review from the Swedish Book Review.

Thanks again to Rachel of the Mystery Ink web site.