Henning Mankell, Swedish crime writer and leading figure in Nordic Noir has died aged 67 from cancer. Leopard, his Swedish publisher revealed he died in his sleep.
In early 2014 Mankell visited an orthopaedic surgeon in Stockholm, believing he had a slipped disc. However tests revealed a tumour in his lung and neck, with evidence it had spread to other areas of his body. He went on to write a book about his experience – Quicksand: What It Means to be a Human Being.
Mankell was best known for his Wallander series, with 11 of his approximately 40 novels starring Kurt Wallander, Swedish police detective. The series inspired a series of Swedish films featuring Rolf Lassgård and Swedish and UK TV adaptations featuring Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh respectively.
Among his accolades, Mankell received the Gold Dagger Award, the Astrid Lindgren Prize and the Erich-Maria-Remarque Peace Award. He worked extensively with AIDS charities in Africa, saying that “I don’t know why, but when I stepped out of the plane in Africa I had the odd feeling of coming home” (from his website).
He leaves behind Eva Bergman, his wife of 17 years and his son, Jon Mankell, a film producer who helped bring Stieg Larsson’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series to the big screen.
He has sold more than 40 million copies of his books. They have been translated in over 40 languages.
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