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Творчество автора (Mankell Henning) представлено в следующих сериях книг: , Kurt Wallander, , Kurt Wallander

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Asesinos sin rostro

El inspector Kurt Wallander atraviesa uno de los momentos más sombríos de su vida cuando tiene que ponerse al frente de la investigación del asesinato de un apacible matrimonio de ancianos en una granja de Lenarp. Wallander deberá enfrentarse a un asesino muy especial, de una sangre fría asombrosa, y también a una comunidad irascible cargada de prejuicios raciales.

El asesinato es un acto social. Un acto terrible que exige la interacción de al menos dos personas: víctima y asesino. El cuadro se completa añadiendo un tercer elemento: el detective, que debe descubrir la verdad y restaurar el orden. Quizá por esa razón, la novela negra deriva con tanta facilidad hacia el comentario social. Un asesinato y su investigación ofrecen una oportunidad única para estudiar los modos y uso de la sociedad en curso.

Se puede pensar en el detective clásico que investigaba asesinatos casi, digamos, cordiales. En una novela de Agatha Christie se asesinaba conservando en todo momento las reglas del decoro. Por lo general, no había ensañamiento más allá de lo estrictamente necesario para causar la muerte. Incluso en `Asesinato En El Orient Express`, el ensañamiento tenía precisamente como propósito cumplir un ritual social.

Y la existencia de esos rituales permitía al detective resolver el crimen. Ante un asesinato se empezaba tirando de familiares y conocidos, explorando la malla de motivos y oportunidades, buscando a aquellos, que por lógica, más se beneficiarían de la muerte. Los asesinatos, simplemente, no se producían en vacío.

Pero los tiempos cambian, y llegan nuevas formas de asesinar. Y a dos de ellas se enfrenta Kurt Wallander, policía de los de antes, recién separado, al que su hija no le habla, nada más iniciarse `Asesinos Sin Rostro`, un policía viejo en un mundo nuevo. Son crímenes horrendos, como todos, pero de un horror acentuado por lo que tienen de arbitrarios, de ilógicos, de mecánicos, de salvajes.

El primero implica a una pareja de ancianos del campo de Suecia que es torturada y asesinada salvajemente. Parece que no hay motivo y el asesino, en un detalle estremecedor, tuvo la sangre fría de alimentar al caballo. Para complicar más aún la situación, la única pista es la palabra pronunciada por la mujer poco antes de morir: `extranjero`.

Y de un singular a un plural no hay más que un paso. De un `extranjero` asesino a `todos los extranjeros` son asesino sólo media un abismo lógico que muchos están dispuestos a saltar sin problemas. Nace así el segundo crimen, en el que el orden social se desmorona dejando paso a la xenofobia más radical.

El racismo, la xenofobia, e incluso el fascismo con su mecanización de la muerte, son los temas de esta novela. Narrada con convicción y habilidad, va desgranando las diversas vueltas de esta investigación doble, llena de callejones sin salida, donde la intuición más que la lógica parece ser la aliada fiel del detective.

En esta novela de tantos personajes, uno destaca especialmente. Se trata de Rydberg, un detective particularmente minucioso, protagonista de algunas de las mejores escenas, que no deja que los sentimientos le cieguen ante la realidad que tiene ante los ojos. Es un hombre que simplemente no cae ni en un extremo ni en el otro.

El personaje protagonista, Kurt Wallander, sostiene toda la narración y es realmente su problemática personal lo que impulsa la novela. Enfrentado a unos crímenes que no entiende y con una vida personal desbaratada, es su lucha por resolver esos dos aspectos lo que mantiene la atención del lector. Al final, la recompensa no está tanto en la resolución de los crímenes, como en comprobar la reacción del policía ante el mundo nuevo que descubrió al entrar por primera vez en aquella habitación salpicada de sangre por todas partes.

`Asesinos Sin Rostro` es una novela ágil y efectiva, apasionante en la interacción de los personajes (porque realmente acción física hay muy poca), que no vacila en reflexionar sobre los cambios sociales de su país de origen y, por extensión, en el resto de Europa. El mundo simplemente cambia, y las formas de matar también, pero un asesinato sigue siendo un asesinato.

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Chronicler Of The Winds

"Nelio is dead. And however unlikely it may sound, it seemed to me that he died without once being afraid. How can that be possible?"-from Chronicler of the Winds

World famous for his Kurt Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell has been published in thirty-five countries, with more than 25 million copies of his books in print. In Chronicler of the Winds, he gives us something different: a beautifully crafted novel that is a testament to the power of storytelling itself. On the rooftop of a theater in an African port, a ten-year-old boy lies slowly dying of bullet wounds. He is Nelio, a leader of street kids, rumored to be a healer and a prophet, and possessed of a strangely ancient wisdom.

One of the millions of poor people "forced to eat life raw," Nelio tells his unforgettable story over the course of nine nights. After bandits cruelly raze his village, he joins the legions of abandoned children living in the city's streets. An act of the imagination, an effort to prove to his comrades that life must be more than mere survival, cuts short Nelio's life.

Already published in thirteen countries, Chronicler of the Winds was short-listed for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature and was nominated for the Swedish Publishers Association's August Prize.

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El chino

Este archivo es una copia de seguridad, para compartirlo con un grupo reducido de amigos, por medios privados. Si llega a tus manos debes saber que no deberás colgarlo en webs o redes públicas, ni hacer uso comercial del mismo. Que una vez leído se considera caducado el préstamo del mismo y deberá ser destruido.

En caso de incumplimiento de dicha advertencia, derivamos cualquier responsabilidad o acción legal a quienes la incumplieran.

Queremos dejar bien claro que nuestra intención es favorecer a aquellas personas, de entre nuestros compañeros, que por diversos motivos: económicos, de situación geográfica o discapacidades físicas, no tienen acceso a la literatura, o a bibliotecas públicas. Pagamos religiosamente todos los cánones impuestos por derechos de autor de diferentes soportes. Por ello, no consideramos que nuestro acto sea de piratería, ni la apoyamos en ningún caso. Además, realizamos la siguiente…

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El ojo del leopardo

Desde la fría región sueca de Norrland, el joven Hans Olofson viaja a Zambia para visitar la tumba de un misionero legendario. Deja atrás una infancia y una adolescencia marcadas por la ausencia de la madre y, después, por la muerte de dos personas muy allegadas. La belleza de Zambia, y sobre todo su misterio, lo hechizan hasta el punto de permanecer en el país durante dieciocho largos años, al principio movido por los valores de la cooperación y la solidaridad. Poco a poco, sin embargo, convertido en granjero, la realidad africana le impone una visión de la vida completamente distinta, mientras el racismo de los blancos y el odio de los negros va consumiéndolo. Un día, tras encontrar cruelmente asesinados a sus vecinos blancos, comprende que sus días están contados. ¿Se quedará a luchar o arrojará la toalla? Hans sabe que quizá pueda escapar de la suerte que han corrido sus vecinos, pero no de su propia desesperación.

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Faceless Killers

Early one morning, a small-town farmer discovers that his neighbors have been victims of a brutal attack during the night. An old man has been bludgeoned to death, and his tortured wife lies dying before the farmer’s eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: “foreign.” In charge of the investigation is Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local cop whose personal life is in a shambles. His family is falling apart, he’s gaining weight, and he’s drinking too much, but he is tenacious and levelheaded in his sleuthing. he and his colleagues must contend with a wave of violent xenophobia as they search for the killers. Still, things get complicated when he has to deal with an eruption of violent antiforeigner sentiment, as well as a tough-minded — and very attractive — female district attorney, as he searches for the killers.

Серия: Kurt Wallander
 
I Die, but the Memory Lives on

A non fiction book

A powerful, moving and tragic account of the families shattered and children orphaned as a result of the spread of HIV and, through the Memory Books project, a hope for the future.

Henning Mankell is best known for his highly successful crime novels, but few people are aware of his work with Aids charities in Africa and how he actively promotes and encourages the writing of memory books throughout the country. Memory Books is a project through which the HIV-infected parents of today are encouraged to write portraits of their lives and testaments of their love for their orphans of tomorrow. Through a combination of words and drawings they can leave a legacy, a hope that future generations may not suffer the same heartbreaking fate.

In I Die, but the Memory Lives on, this master storyteller has written a fable to illustrate the importance of books as a means of education, of preserving memories and of sharing life. In a very personal account he tells of his own fears and anxieties for the sufferers of HIV and Aids and, drawing on his experiences in many parts of Africa, proposes a way to help. This fable, The Mango Plant, comprises most of the book and is followed by factual afterwords from Dr Rachel Baggaley (Head of the Christian Aid HIV Unit) and Anders Wijkman (Member of the European Parliament, formerly Assistant Secretary General of the UN, and board member of Plan Sweden), and ends with a template for a memory book as an appendix.

The problem of Aids has been kept largely under control in Europe and is not therefore an issue at the forefront of our minds, but in the Third World it is a very different story. Lack of education about the disease and lack of money to buy life-prolonging drugs for existing sufferers have turned the problem into a plague of biblical proportions. 30 million people are HIV positive in Africa, almost 39 percent of the adult population in countries such as Botswana. In Zimbabwe life expectancy has now sunk to below 40 years of age, by 2010 it is predicted to fall to 30 years. As thousands die in their prime, there begins a shortage of teachers, labourers, and essential personnel that enable a country to run efficiently, not to mention the 14 million children that have been orphaned by HIV/Aids since the 1980s. These children are taken out of school in order to care for the sick and elderly. A lack of education and continued poverty perpetuates the problem.

Because levels of literacy are so low, the memory books also contain photographs (Mankell campaigns for cheap disposable cameras) and anything else that will evoke a memory, whether it be a drawing, a crushed flower or a lock of hair, anything that the orphan will relate to and inspire them to try the best they can to create a future.

Henning Mankell was first introduced to the Memory Book Project by Plan, a child-focused international development organisation, who had established the scheme in Uganda. UNAIDS estimate 1 million people in Uganda are infected with the disease and 200,000 have died from Aids-related illnesses. Since the outbreak in 1978, it is estimated 1.2 million children have been orphaned in Uganda alone. Plan Uganda encourages parents with the disease to create a memory book about their family history, matters of death, separation and sexuality for the child or children they will leave behind.

There are numerous worldwide charities and organisations working to fight the spread of HIV/Aids – further information and contact details can be found at the end of I Die, but the Memory Lives on.

Henning Mankell has kindly agreed to donate the royalties from I Die, but the Memory Lives on to an Aids charity of his choice.

The publication of I Die, but the Memory Lives on will raise awareness of this international problem, which, though it may not always be on the front pages of our newspapers, must always be on our minds until something has truly changed for the better.

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One Step Behind

It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But unknown to them, they are being watched. With a bullet each, all three are murdered. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, One Step Behind.

Серия: , Kurt Wallander
 
The Dogs of Riga

Second in the Kurt Wallander series.On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous. But after the victims are traced to the Baltic state of Latvia, a country gripped by the upheaval of Soviet disintegration, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work done, Wallander slips into routine once more, until suddenly, he is called to Riga and plunged into an alien world where shadows are everywhere, everything is watched, and old regimes will do anything to stay alive.

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The Pyramid

A collection of stories

The missing piece of the internationally bestselling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the story of Wallander's beginnings, told in five gripping short mysteries.

"What happened to Wallander before the series began?…Several years ago, right when I was done with the fifth book, Sidetracked, I realized that I had started to write stories in my head that took place long before the start of the series." – from Henning Mankell's foreword

At last, a key addition to the Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here we meet Wallander the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first criminal investigation, Wallander the young father facing an unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, Wallander on the brink of middle age solving a case of poisoning, the newly separated Wallander investigating the murder of a local photographer, and Wallander the veteran detective discovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. Over the course of these five mysteries, he comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, and is increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society.

Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell. Essential reading for all Wallander fans, The Pyramid is also a wonderful showcase for Mankell's powers as a writer.

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The Troubled Man

On a winter day in 2008, Håkan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm. The investigation into his disappearance falls under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm police. It has nothing to do with Wallander — officially. But von Enke is his daughter’s future father-in-law. And so, with his inimitable disregard for normal procedure, Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility, making promises he won’t keep, telling lies when it suits him — and getting results. But the results hint at elaborate Cold War espionage activities that seem inextricably confounding, even to Wallander, who, in any case, is troubled in more personal ways as well. Negligent of his health, he’s become convinced that, having turned sixty, he is on the threshold of senility. Desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, he is continually haunted by his past. And looking toward the future with profound uncertainty, he will have no choice but to come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary: himself.

Серия: Kurt Wallander
 
Zapatos italianos

Fredrik Wellin, médico retirado, vive solo en una isla cercana a la costa sueca, hasta que la llegada de un antiguo amor al que abandonó en el pasado irrumpe en su monótono pero buscado aislamiento. Se trata de Harriet, quien gravemente enferma ha venido a pedirle que cumpla la antigua promesa de juventud de llevarla a una laguna al norte del país. Harriet trae consigo a Louise, una hija de ambos, de cuya existencia nada sabía. Obligado, ahora, a asistir al lento final de Harriet y a crear unos vínculos paterno-filiales con quien, en realidad, es una desconocida, Fredrik iniciará un viaje hacia su propio dolor. Los errores del pasado sepultados en la soledad de la isla reavivan sus remordimientos. Entre ellos, el terrible secreto que lo alejó de la profesión y por el que decidió huir del mundo.

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