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by Henning Mankell

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Author: Henning Mankell
Language: English
ISBN: 1843432676
ISBN13: 978-1843432678
Publisher: Harvill Secker; Airport / Ireland / Export e. edition (2006)
Pages: 416
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 971
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ePub file: 1258 kb
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Henning Mankell is the prize-winning and internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander Mysteries, now dominating bestseller lists .

Henning Mankell is the prize-winning and internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander Mysteries, now dominating bestseller lists throughout Europe. Laurie Thompson is the translator into English of five other books by Henning Mankell, as well as novels by Åke Edwardson, Hakan Nesser and Mikael Niemi. Also by henning mankell.

My husband once cut himself with a knife. It was a deep wound, I thought it would never stop bleeding. I'll never forget that colour. Dried blood on light-coloured wood. What she wanted to talk about most was the future, what would happen after the skerry. She could only associate the baby with Halsskär as the place where it was born, the place they left soon afterwards. In his imagination he had worked out a plan for how they would leave for America. He talked about the danger from the naval fleets stalking the European shipping lanes leading to the west. But thanks to the contacts he had they would be able to travel on a Swedish ship along a secret route north of Iceland.

After nearly thirty years in the same job, Inspector Kurt Wallander is tired, restless, and itching to make a change. He is taken with a certain old farmhouse, perfectly situated in a quiet countryside with a charming, overgrown garden. There he finds the skeletal hand of a corpse in a shallow grave. Wallander’s investigation takes him deep into the history of the house and the land, until finally the shocking truth about a long-buried secret is brought to light. Includes an afterword by the author.

The protagonist, Lars, takes us deeper and deeper into his compulsions, with Mankell in full control at the helm. Depths by Henning Mankell is an unsettling read, it is also not an easy read

The protagonist, Lars, takes us deeper and deeper into his compulsions, with Mankell in full control at the helm. The writing is fluid, the sailing is smooth, but there are dangerous undercurrents and mesmerizing eddies. Mankell's command of marine science is in full play here, but he wears his Ahhhh. Depths by Henning Mankell is an unsettling read, it is also not an easy read. There were several points early in the book when I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue reading it, but, because it had been recommended by someone with good taste in books I decided to persevere.

Henning Mankell is the internatinally acclaimed .

Henning Mankell is the internatinally acclaimed, bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander novels. He was the first winner of the Ripper Award and also received the Glass Key and the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger, among other awards. 6 people found this helpful.

Henning Georg Mankell (Swedish pronunciation: ; 3 February 1948 – 5 October 2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children's author, and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most noted creation, Inspect.

Henning Georg Mankell (Swedish pronunciation: ; 3 February 1948 – 5 October 2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children's author, and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most noted creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander. He also wrote a number of plays and screenplays for television. He was a left-wing social critic and activist. In his books and plays he constantly highlighted social inequality issues and injustices in Sweden and abroad

Henning Mankell, internationally famous creator of the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, here offers a nonfiction fable about a heartrending tradition spawned by a major health crisis: the invaluable Memory Book Project, which gives those dying of AID. Sidetracked (Kurt.

Henning Mankell, internationally famous creator of the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, here offers a nonfiction fable about a heartrending tradition spawned by a major health crisis: the invaluable Memory Book Project, which gives those dying of AID. Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, by Henning Mankell · Steven T. Murray.

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children’s Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

Only Mankell can summon with such a dream-like intensity the Nordic landscapes and climates he knows so well.

He was the first winner of the Ripper Award and also received the Glass Key and the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger. ore about Henning Mankell. Only Mankell can summon with such a dream-like intensity the Nordic landscapes and climates he knows so well. Achieves a stark power as the lies and crimes of passion boomerang around. Entertainment Weekly. Shows us another dimension of considerable talent. Casts a remarkably powerful spell.

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I've read many of Mankell's Wallander mysteries and love them, so I was excited to learn that he had written a novel. There is much darkness in the Wallander series, albeit tempered with occasional wry humor. In "Depths", however, I only found perhaps two or three mildly amusing passages. This is a hopeless and disturbing tale of an unlikeable character who morphs into an irredeemable monster, and I empathize with another reviewer who stated that while he recognized that this is a great novel, he still did not like it.

The main character's thoughts, to which we are privy thanks to Mankell's excellent ability to show us, reveal the slow process of a psychopath in the making. Lars Tobiasson-Svartman's life is fairly mundane. He goes to sea to measure depths for Sweden's Navy; he goes home to Kristina Tacker, his long-suffering wife; back and forth in this manner for the duration of most of the novel. While at sea he seems to miss her yet once home, he is anxious to get back to sea. Thus, when he happens upon independent yet lonely Sara Fredericka on her wild and barren island, he sees an opportunity to reinvent himself and escape the stifling boredom of his measured existence. All the while he actually has no idea who he really is.

I loathed Tobiasson-Svartman's character; he is selfish, cruel and utterly reprehensible to me. Yet there were brief glimpses into a soul that might have become something other than what he did become once he gave in to his dark impulses and even darker obsessions. In this respect I could grant him just a modicum of sympathy.

I need say no more. A feeling of impending doom permeates from beginning to inevitable end, and if you pay close attention you may find, as I did, that the ending is not so shocking after all. I highly recommend it for its psychological insights and gloomy poetics, but only if you don't mind being depressed for awhile after reading it...
Chankane
Yet another dark, Scandinavian novel here; this one set in the wilds of the WWI Baltic Sea. The plot, such as is it, follows hydrographer Lars whose declared intention is to find a depth that can't be plumbed, through a liminal world of shifting seas and conflicting tides into a world of madness. But it's not so much the character Lars on which one focuses, or the two women in his life, but the liminal seascape/dreamscape of the world he inhabits. About fifty pages into the over 400 page novel, I began to ask myself what was dream and what was waking cognition here. For Lars, as he spirals into greater depths, greater confusions, "It seemed to him that he was living in many different worlds at the same time. Each one of them was equally true."

Ultimately, this book is quite disturbing and brings to the surface, as it were, several philosophical questions, such as this one contemplated by Plato and Plotinus:

"`Children would no doubt like to choose their parents,' she said. `Maybe they do, did we but know it.'"

Eventually, in these wild Baltic waters, all waking, human cognition dissolves, all the artificial constructs we create in order to identify loved ones, to name them, to fix them in place - loved ones who, after all, are in the constant process of changing into someone else - sink into the unknown. As Lars's wife says, on the verge of clinical madness:

"I have realised that I am married to a man who doesn't exist, a shadow with a circulatory system and a brain that is nothing more than an invention, a figment of the imagination."

I'm only giving the book 4 starts because the staccato minimalist prose is a bit off-putting for my taste. But this book is still one to be recommended by all serious readers who realise that, in the vast deeps of this cosmos, we may well be nothing more than shadows with circulatory systems who briefly haunt it.
Quamar
Once again Mankell's deliberate pace. But not his usual subject. No police drama here. Extremely introspective and a character very difficult to understand. And a fascinating arena for the story to take place; sea and ice and uninhabitable, isolated islands as well as Stockholm and the Swedish navy not to mention the context of the Great War in which Sweden was neutral at least during the story's timeline. The tale could have been boring and started out as such but became compelling a short way in.
Mr.Twister
Message to writers: 20 pages of great psychological turmoil do not make up for 300 pages of tedious build up, particularly after an initial short chapter that raises expectations. It's best to not get off to a good start when the middle 95% disappoints.

I've read 2 previous Mankell novels; the exquisite "Italian Shoes" and the very interesting "The Eye of the Leopard". In those books there is much depth (a sad unintended pun). There there are characters with issues that drive action and explain purpose. Here that is absent. Without better reasons there is less connection to characters and reason to invest in them. Even Mankell's strength in portraying nature and the elements are not as apparent here. Instead we are left with weather updates that vary between just above and below freezing.

Mankell seems off his game. The writing is pedestrian. The hints of a bigger story left the ending somewhat flat. The metaphors are obvious and repetitive. Three stars for finishing it.

Thankfully he's written some great books and will revisit in the future.
Utchanat
I to like many others who have reviewed the reviews thought I'd like to try some thing different from this author. .I like the Wallander series. But I wasn't quite prepared for this departure. Nor did I want it. I generally try to finish what I start and haven't put a book down unfinished since, cujo came out way back when back when; and that was also from a known author. What I would like to do is send the damn book back and get my money back. I gave this book a fair try, but at the point when the wife was spotted sailing out to the skerry I quit, kicking myself ruefully for this wasted time. I will say that I too liked the setting time period and how it was presented, the writing painted a clear picture. But the over all drift/subject, it left me with a bad taste.
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