Literary Birthday – 3 February – Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell was born 3 February 1948 and died 5 October 2015.


  1. Life is a flimsy branch over an abyss.
  2. Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening.
  3. Dreams can be of value even if you don’t have an opportunity to turn them into reality.
  4. To grow up is to wonder about things; to be grown up is to slowly forget the things you wondered about as a child.
  5. I am a very radical person – as radical now as I was when I was younger. So my books all have in common my search for understanding of the terrible world we are living in and ways to change it.
  6. Novels are . . . an unsurpassed form to understand people.
  7. I can still remember the miraculous feeling of writing a sentence, then more sentences, telling a story. The first thing I wrote was a one-page summary of Robinson Crusoe and I am so sorry I do not have it any more; it was at that moment I became an author.
  8. It was a clear, starry night, dead calm. Whenever I see a sky like that, I wish I could write music.
  9. The stories I create are never as awful as reality.

Henning Mankell was a Swedish crime writer, children’s author, and dramatist. His novels featuring Kurt Wallander, the chief inspector of Ystad Police Department, made him famous. The series began with Faceless Killers. It also adapted for television as a BAFTA Award-winning BBC series. Mankell was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 2nd February 2021