Posts tagged ‘henning mankell’

July 30, 2010

Crime author Henning Mankell’s Israeli surprise

HENNING MANKELL IS NOT only Sweden’s most popular crime author, he is also a very stubborn man. On May 31, 2010, he was on board one of the ships taking part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. When his ship was seized by Israeli forces in international waters and he, along with the other 600 or so participants, was spirited away to Israel, he was forced to leave all his belongings behind. (I already wrote about Mankell’s Gaza adventure here.)

Since returning to Sweden soon afterwards, he has kept up the pressure on the Israeli ambassador in Stockholm to return his property. Finally, on Thursday …

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June 3, 2010

Swedish crime author tells his version of Israeli assault

IF YOU UTTER THE term “Swedish crime fiction,” chances are that most Americans will think of the late Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the two other books in the series. But long before Larsson hit the bestseller lists last year (and then tragically died at age 50), author and playwright Henning Mankell of Inspector Wallander fame had been the man to watch when it came to Swedish police novels. I’d say it’s bad news for Israel that Europe’s leading crime author was also an eyewitness to what much of the world regards as a criminal act, namely the assault last Monday by Israeli special forces on a relief flotilla bound for Gaza that resulted in nine deaths and a number of injuries.

Mankell, age 62, who had been sailing on the “Sofia,” one of the ships in the convoy, was briefly detained by the Israeli commandos…

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