Henning Mankell, the 67-year-old internationally beloved Swedish crime writer died early Monday, his publisher, Leopard, said in a statement. Without hesitating, she said: ‘Diabetes!’ So I gave him diabetes and that made him more popular. An orderly once ran upstairs to ask if he could borrow Mr. Mankell’s toy cars to demonstrate how a traffic accident occurred, and on one occasion a school holiday was prolonged so that his father could investigate a local murder.
He was also a vocal supporter of the rights of Palestinians, repeatedly comparing Israel with the apartheid-era South Africa that he had protested in his youth. His books, according to Deutsche Welle, were peppered with messages about environmental destruction, corruption, and social injustice.
Henning led a fascinating life. The rest of the world is quite emphatically pleased with Sweden’s success, though, and our thanks for that is due in part to Mankell and his wonderfully distinctive, addictive novels. I had one tumour in the back of my neck and one in my left lung.
Mr. Mankell eventually exhausted of Wallander.
“The most important thing is that I can reach my reader”, Mr. Mankell told the Irish Times in 2013. Two years later, he moved to Paris, where he got involved in activism and political debate.
Ahead of the show returning to air, Branagh said: “I always approach each series of Wallander with anticipation and excitement, but this last series of films contain a few of the greatest challenges the character has ever faced”.
The author had suffered from cancer revealing his diagnosis in January 2014 in a newspaper column for The Guardian and a Swedish daily.
Dividing his time between Mozambique and Sweden, Mankell also wrote dozens of plays, novels and children’s books.
He detailed his experience of dealing with cancer in his book Quicksand: What It Means to be a Human Being.
“It was a catastrophe for me. I try not to think about it, since there is no point, and try to live as if everything is normal”. No one had died of cancer in my family. For readers in other countries, it comes as a surprise that I’ve actually written anything else!
Mankell married and divorced three times before his final lasting marriage in 1998 with Eva Bergman, the daughter of film legend Ingmar Bergman.