The Swedish title for the book is Men Who Hate Women, and footnotes quote real-life incidents to explain how the fictional Salander – whose civil rights are removed at the whim of a judge – is based on real incidents.
Mankel’s comptatriot, Steig Larsson, meanwhile, died from a heart attack before seeing his international bestselling Millenium Trilogy catapult him to the rank of second-bestselling writer on the planet.
“Wallender was born in May 1989 out of a need to talk about xenophobia. “I was writing the first novel out of anger at what was happening in Sweden at the time – the rise of xenophobia. And, since acts of xenophobia are a crime, I needed a police officer.
“Even after the second and third books, I really wasn’t thinking of a series.
After all, in 2007 Sweden was rated best practising democracy by The Economist, least corrupt nation by Transparency International, most equal in gender relations by the World Economic Forum, and most generous donor of overseas development aid by the OECD.
Even the legend that the country has an unusually high suicide rate isn’t true.
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