Date of birth: February 3, 1948
Location of birth: Stockholm, Sweden
His parents divorced when he was one year old; for most of his childhood he lived with his father and an older sister. His father was a district judge. Mankell’s grandfather, also named Henning Mankell, was a composer. At the age of 20 he had already started his career as an author and assistant director at the Riksteater in Stockholm, he collaborated with several theatres in Sweden.
Henning Mankell is married to Eva Bergman, movie director Ingmar Bergman’s daughter.
After living in Zambia and other African countries, Mankell was invited to become the artistic director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. He spends half of his time in Maputo with theatre work and writing. He has his own publishing house (Leopard Förlag) to support young talents from Africa and Sweden.
In 2007, Henning Mankell donated about 1.5 million euros) to SOS Children’s Villages for a village in Chimoio in western Mozambique. He has also donated vast amounts of money to charitable organizations like SOS Children’s Villages and Hand in Hand.
On June 12, 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the St Andrews University in Scotland.
Mankell even developped two original stories for the German police series Tatort. German actor Axel Milberg, playing the role of Inspector Klaus Borowski, had asked Mankell to contribute to the show.
Mankell is said to work on a screenplay about his father-in-law.
In January 2014, Mankell confessed that he had been diagnosed with cancer. In May, stated that the treatments had worked well and he was on the mend.
His works include
- Crime fiction (Kurt Wallander series, Linda Wallander, etc.)
- Other fiction
- Children’s books (Sofia, Joel Gustafsson series, etc.)
- Film & TV
Awards and honours he received
- 1991 – Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy, Best Swedish Crime Novel Award for Faceless Killers
- 1991 – The Nils Holgersson Prize for A Bridge to the Stars
- 1992 – The Glass Key Award For Best Nordic Crime Novel: Faceless Killers
- 1993 – Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Bridge to the Stars
- 1995 – Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy, Best Swedish Crime Novel Award for Sidetracked
- 1996 – Swedish Astrid Lindgren Prize
- 2001 – Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year: Sidetracked
- 2001 – Corine Literature Prize for One Step behind
- 2005 – Gumshoe Award for Best European Crime Novel: The Return of the Dancing Master
- 2008 – Corine Literature Prize for the German Audiobook The Man from Beijing
Impressive – as you may certainly agree.
What do you like most about Henning Mankell?