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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (12. August 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0804170649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804170642
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,4 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 138.510 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Am 3. Februar 1948 wurde Henning Mankell in Stockholm geboren. Sein Vater zog ihn allein in Härjedalen auf. Vor seinen ersten Gehversuchen als Autor und Regisseur machte Mankell als Siebzehnjähriger berufliche und künstlerische Erfahrungen als Regieassistent am Riks Theater in Stockholm. Auch seine - neben der Kunst - zweite Leidenschaft machte sich früh bemerkbar: Schon als Kind hatte Mankell Fernweh und den Wunsch, nach Afrika zu reisen. Mit 24 Jahren setzte er seinen Traum in die Realität um und fand in Afrika eine zweite Heimat, der er bis heute mit einer Theatergruppe in Mosambik treu ist. Mankell lebt "mit einem Fuß im Sand, mit dem anderen im Schnee", wie er selbst sagt. Afrika ist auch Ziel des gesellschaftlichen Engagements des mit Preisen überhäuften Autors. Immer wieder lenkt Mankell die Aufmerksamkeit der westlichen Öffentlichkeit auf die Besonderheit und Schönheit des "vergessenen Kontinents".

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“An arresting writer . . . [Mankell] understands and probes the underside of everyday living in an elegant and artful way. . . . The result is writing that walks a line between ephemeral and everlasting.”
     —The Washington Post
 
“[Mankell’s] Swedish detective, Inspector Kurt Wallander, is one of the most impressive creations in crime fiction today. . . . An old-fashioned moral force and sense of disquiet of the sort rarely found in contemporary crime fiction.”
     —The Guardian

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Valerie Reding Jimenez am 7. Oktober 2014
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Ein weiterer spannender Roman der Reihe Wallander. Die Geschichte ist etwas kürzer, wie die vorausgegangenen, aber interessant und gut zu lesen.
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71 von 74 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
"He wanted to be left in peace." 12. August 2014
Von E. Bukowsky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In October 2002, Kurt Wallander senses that, after more than thirty years on the force, his days as a homicide detective are drawing to a close. As the weather deteriorates, Wallander's mood becomes increasingly gloomy. He has no female companion to ease his loneliness; he shares a flat with his grown daughter, Linda, with whom he frequently squabbles; and he has thinly disguised contempt for meddling bureaucrats who put obstacles in his path. Wallander resents the fact that "more and more of his colleagues were glued to their desks, and had to work in accordance with confusing and meaningless priorities that were changing all the time."

In Henning Mankell's "An Event in Autumn," Wallander visits a house that is up for sale (he is thinking of moving to the country), when he spots a skeletal hand protruding from the soil in the garden. After the forensic pathologist examines the remains, she determines that the victim was murdered. However, the corpse has been in the ground for decades. Is it even possible to identify and punish the perpetrator? Wallander's superiors do not want to waste time and resources on this cold case. Nevertheless, the Swedish detective stubbornly looks into the history of the house's former occupants, hoping to find a useful lead.

This is a bittersweet tale in which, once again, Mankell displays his understanding of and sympathy for the human condition. The author has compassion for saint and sinner alike. Although Wallander's investigation proves to be challenging, his persistence pays off. "An Event in Autumn" is brief--under two hundred pages--but it is also entertaining, darkly humorous, and poignant. It is a pleasure to observe the insightful and tenacious Kurt Wallander tackling a difficult case in the twilight of his career.
30 von 30 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Dusted off and put on sale 26. August 2014
Von HarbinCreative - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of the Kurt Wallender detective series, having read most of them. I anticipated this volume by ordering
ahead. This is not a new, in the sense of just having written it, novel. It's something Mankell wrote earlier and found it
fit in the series just before the last volume during which Kurt is put to rest. The mystery or story is ok, but not sensational
or heart-pounding. Basically, it moves along at the pace that Kurt does as he contemplates retirement. It's a pre-retirement
story. It's not all bad, however. The best part of the book is the postscript during which Mankell goes into personal detail on how he writes, gets inspired, etc. That's worth knowing and getting if you are a zealous Kurt Wallender fan. I don't know if this review
helps, but I am on to Jo Nesbo's books now.
39 von 41 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
This is not a full length novel!! (Still a good story though but call it what it is!) 18. August 2014
Von TS - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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THIS IS NOT A FULL LENGTH NOVEL! Rather, this is an abbreviated story of sorts that has no real depth to it, the plot is thin and the mystery easily solved without any real twists. I'm saying this first as a warning to the reader because the publisher does not advertise it as such. Mankell has a long note in the back of the book explaining all of this and clearly the author does not represent it as a full novel. It was written in The Netherlands some years ago as a promotional story to be given out as a free book to crime readers. All of this aside, it is of course, a well written and interesting work! I greatly enjoyed Mankell's note at back explaining the writing of and end of the Wallander series. I always enjoy insight from an author on his or her writing. The story itself is very interesting (though fairly thin) and I read it with enthusiasm. If you are a fan of Wallander, you must definitely read this story for it is more about Wallander himself. I also find Mankell's note at finish to be intriguing. Just don't think that you're getting a full bodied novel and you won't be disappointed. I wish that this was clearly advertised by the publisher - which is why I just won't give it 5 stars. Call it what it is. If you are new to Kurt Wallander, this is an excellent series written by an incredibly strong author. Check it out. Arguably the best in Scandinavian crime, Mankell's work incorporates crime and mystery with political reflection and insight.
26 von 27 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Wallandar Prepares for Retirement 12. August 2014
Von Grey Wolffe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As per Henning Mankell, this is not a ‘new’ Wallander story (it’s more of a novella). He had previously written it for the BBC as part of a series to get people to read. He had been reminded about the story, and decided to have it published. It comes just before “A Troubled Man” and contains his daughter Linda just after she joined the Police. Wallander realizes that he is getting close to retirement, and should start planning for that time.

Wallander has always wanted to sell his apartment, which he currently shares with Linda, and buy a smallholding in the country. A smallholding is a small farm property that would be a couple of acres but no longer a working farm. One of the detectives in the office has a smallholding to sell. It belongs to his wife’s uncle who has had to move to a ‘facility’ because at 92 his memory is beginning to fail.

So Wallander goes out to look at the property and is very excited to buy it. He works out a price that he can afford, knowing that he will have to put a lot of work and money into the property. It hasn’t been lived in for a few years, and before that the owner couldn’t or didn’t do any maintenance or renovations to the house. But he figures that he can do a lot of the work himself.

While leaving the house he trips over something in the high grass, but thinks nothing of it. Then standing at the car, something is bothering him, he goes back to the area to see what caused him to trip. What he finds is a skeletal hand sticking out of the ground. Being Wallander he has to find out whom the hand (and then full skeleton) it was and why it was buried there. Anything else would be a spoiler.

At the end of the book, Mankell gives the reader an explanation as to how he came up with the name and character of Kurt Wallander. He also explains how he came up with the stories behind the first few books. Lastly, he emphatically states that there are no other Wallander stories out there or will there be any more. But, he doesn’t rule out that sometime in the future he might feel the need to continue Linda’s story. Lets hope.

Zeb Kantrowitz zworstblog.blogspot.com
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
This house lacks curb appeal 19. August 2014
Von Blue in Washington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Nearing retirement, Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander is looking for a quiet place in the Swedish countryside. A colleague sends him off to look at a small farm house that seems ideal, but on close inspection turns out be a burial ground of sorts. And so begins an interesting police procedural looking into a 50-year old crime with few clues or living witnesses.

"An Event in Autumn", one of the last of the Wallander books (written on commission for a Dutch publisher some years ago), is instantly recognizable for its witty, slightly sardonic and grumpy style in the handling of the characters and for its perfect description of the physical context. The reader is in direct contact with the principals and the landscape from page one.

This is also another book that pushes Kurt Wallander's daughter, Linda, to the forefront. Here, she has been on the Ystad police force for a while and is a full member of the task force looking into the farm house killing. She is also her father's confidant, roommate and frequent verbal opponent.

Finally, "An Event..." comes with a bonus. There is a kind of pithy epilogue by the author that discusses the "birth" of the Wallander character and the much loved series as well as a brief history of Hankell's writing career. It's an interesting look at the thinking of one of the best writers still at work today and a good reason to read this particular story in and of itself.
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