review, Sweden, Translated

An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell

event in autumnAn Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell

Translated by Laurie Thompson

Originally published as Handen, 2004

Vintage, August 2014

Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher.

So An Event in Autumn  is the last Wallander story to be published. Chronologically, it fits in right before The Troubled Man. It’s been adapted for television, and it was written as a free story to be given to book purchasers for a month in the Netherlands some years ago.

It’s difficult to review short pieces, but suffice it to say that this feels like a Wallander novel that’s been condensed. It’s a story about an old murder that gets Wallander thinking about his mortality and how the police force has changed, and it also involves Sweden during World War II and how it treated refugees. This isn’t a story I’d recommend as an entry into the Wallander series: the prequel stories in The Pyramid work much better for that, but it’s a satisfying read for people who love the series.

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2 thoughts on “An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell”

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Margot! I know it’s of interest basically to completists, but it felt like a good story and not just a marketing ploy, which I appreciated.

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