Henning Mankell: Crime Writer, 67, Dies

Published: October 5, 2015

Henning Mankell: Crime Writer, 67, Dies, The Swedish crime writer behind the Wallander series, Henning Mankell, died on Sunday after suffering from cancer. He was 67.

Mankell was a leading figure in the Nordic Noir genre after creating his most famous character, Swedish police inspector Kurt Wallander, whom he based a series of novels between 1991 and 2009.

Wallander solved crimes across the world, and the literary series achieved further recognition when it was turned into a TV series, Wallander in 2005 and again for the UK in 2008, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Mankell was diagnosed with cancer in January 2014, and wrote about his treatment column for Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten, admitting that his “anxiety is very profound”.

His agent, Leopard Forlag, confirmed the death on Monday morning, saying: “He passed away quietly last night in the wake of disease.”

A statement on Mankell’s website read: “Henning Mankell is dead. He died in his sleep early this morning in Göteborg. He was 67 years old.

“Henning Mankell was one of the great Swedish authors of our time, loved by readers in Sweden and all over the world. His work includes around 40 novels and numerous plays. His books have sold more than 40 million copies and are translated into more than 40 languages.

“Solidarity with those in need run through his entire work and manifested itself in action until the very end.”

He wrote about his experience of the disease in his most recent book, Quicksand: What it Means to be a Human Being, to be published next year.

Mankell was born in Stockholm in 1948, and started his career in the city as a dramatist. He also wrote books for children throughout his career.

Mankell dedicated time and money to various political and charitable causes, notably to charities in Mozambique and other African countries.


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