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Swedish writer, human rights activist and dramatistwd:Q193346
crime novel, social novel, young adult literature, drama
country of citizenship: Sweden
language of expression: Swedish
occupation: writer, playwright, children's writer, detective writer, screenwriter, film director, human rights activist
award received: Glass Key award, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, Golden Feather, Litteris et Artibus, Riverton International Honour Prize, Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, Nils Holgersson Plaque, Best Swedish Crime Novel Award, Prix Mystère de la Critique, Erich-Maria-Remarque Peace Prize, Corine Literature Prize, Gumshoe Awards, Astrid Lindgren Prize, August Prize, Crimezone Thriller Awards, Author of the Year, Ripper Award
Henning Georg Mankell (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛ̂nːɪŋ ˈmǎŋːkɛl]; 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. In 2010, Mankell was on board one of the ships in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was boarded by Israeli military forces. He was below deck when eight or nine people were shot.
Mankell shared his time between Sweden and countries in Africa, mostly Mozambique where he started a theatre. He made considerable donations to charity organizations, mostly connected to Africa.
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