Henning Mankell

1948 - 2015

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henning Mankell has received more than 1,068,243 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Henning Mankell is the 404th most popular writer (down from 386th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Sweden (down from 57th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Swedish Writer.

Henning Mankell is most famous for his detective novels about Kurt Wallander, a Swedish police officer. The books are set in the fictional town of Ystad, where Wallander is the head of the local police department.

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Notable Works

Innan frosten
One Step Behind
Mannen son log
The White Lioness
A teenage girl self-immolates, the former Minister of Justice is murdered and scalped, and suddenly Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself searching for Sweden's first serial killer.

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Over the past year Henning Mankell has had the most page views in the with 86,322 views, followed by German (58,579), and Swedish (45,215). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Alemannic (71.24%), Occitan (70.46%), and Esperanto (63.30%)


Among writers, Henning Mankell ranks 404 out of 7,302Before him are Jacques Prévert, Raymond Chandler, Pietro Aretino, Ismail Kadare, Ágota Kristóf, and Edmondo De Amicis. After him are Henry James, Joseph Roth, Dan Brown, René Guénon, Michel Houellebecq, and Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux.

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Among people born in 1948, Henning Mankell ranks 19Before him are Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ozzy Osbourne, Jan Palach, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Newton-John, and Antonín Panenka. After him are Luiz Felipe Scolari, Marcello Lippi, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Andrzej Sapkowski, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and John R. Bolton. Among people deceased in 2015, Henning Mankell ranks 16Before him are Terry Pratchett, Tomas Tranströmer, B.B. King, Helmut Schmidt, Anita Ekberg, and Süleyman Demirel. After him are Josef Masopust, Laura Antonelli, Val Logsdon Fitch, Kim Young-sam, Richard von Weizsäcker, and Ulrich Beck.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Henning Mankell ranks 63 out of 1,879Before him are Anita Ekberg (1931), Björn Ulvaeus (1945), Gunnar Nordahl (1921), Folke Bernadotte (1895), Gustav III of Sweden (1746), and Björn Borg (1956). After him are Anders Jonas Ångström (1814), Zlatan Ibrahimović (1981), Sven-Göran Eriksson (1948), Arne Tiselius (1902), Hilma af Klint (1862), and Dolph Lundgren (1957).

Among WRITERS In Sweden

Among writers born in Sweden, Henning Mankell ranks 6Before him are Selma Lagerlöf (1858), Astrid Lindgren (1907), August Strindberg (1849), Tomas Tranströmer (1931), and Pär Lagerkvist (1891). After him are Eyvind Johnson (1900), Verner von Heidenstam (1859), Harry Martinson (1904), Stieg Larsson (1954), Ellen Key (1849), and Per Olov Enquist (1934).