The last novel from international crime bestseller Henning Mankell. A brilliant and moving mystery set in the Swedish archipelago.
Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations- most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh.
Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children's Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.
"This strange, beguiling book...gives closure to a substantial career without becoming maudlin or overly bleak. The waters around Welin's island may freeze in the winter, but there is human warmth to be found in these pages, along with glimmers of hope and consolation... The bell may have tolled for one of Scandinavia's finest writers, but his connection to those left behind is unbroken." -- Ian Rankin * Guardian *
"A powerful reminder that [Mankell] was also a literary writer of considerable accomplishment... After the Fire is a life-enhancing novel... a suitable final curtain for a much-missed modern novelist" -- Barry Forshaw * i *
"It is very moving and rather beautiful" * Sunday Express *
"The novel's atmosphere is bleak and elegiac, suggesting that Mankell wrote it with his own impending death in mind" -- Joan Smith * Sunday Times *
"After the Fire is full of regret, loneliness and the melancholy of growing old, but there is also hope and love." * The Times *