El chino de Henning Mankell

This post is bilingual; you may scroll down for the English-language version.

Traducción del sueco de Carmen Montes (2008). Título original: Kinesen (2007). Tusquets editores, 1ª edición en colección Maxi: junio 2010. P. 616. ISBN: 978-84-8383-554-8.

Descripción del libro de henningmankell.com:

Un fría mañana de enero, la policía acude a un pueblo pequeño y tranquilo en el norte de Suecia en donde se encuentran con la víctima de un salvaje asesinato tendida en la nieve. A medida que empiezan su investigación se dan cuenta de que el pueblo parece inquietantemente tranquilo y desierto. Buscando entre las casas posibles testigos descubren un crimen sin precedentes en la historia de Suecia.

Cuando la juez Birgitta Roslin lee sobre la masacre se da cuenta de que tiene una conexión familiar con una de las parejas implicadas, y decide investigar. Un diario del siglo XIX y una cinta roja encontrada en el bosque cercano son sus únicas pistas.

Lo que Birgitta descubre finalmente le conduce a una red internacional de corrupción y a una historia de venganza que se remonta más de cien años atrás.

El chino es probablemente el libro más ambicioso de Henning Mankell que he leído hasta la fecha. Una novela muy compleja, que invita al lector a pensar sobre los cambios que tienen lugar en nuestro mundo. Como de costumbre, la narrativa de Mankell capta nuestra atención desde el principio y mantiene la tensión hasta el punto de hacernos temer por la vida de Birgitta Roslin y de Chan Bing. Pero también he encontrado algunos defectos que impiden que sea uno de sus mejores libros. Además no estoy de acuerdo con algunos de sus puntos de vista (sobre Robert Mugabe y Mao Zedong, por ejemplo). De todos modos me pareció muy entretenido, con la ventaja añadida de que nos hace pensar acerca de los tiempos que vivimos.

Este ha sido el quinto libro que he leído para el 2011 Nordic Challenge organizado por Zee at Welcome to Notes from the North.

El chino ha sido reseñado en Perdida entre libros y el Microscopio del Dr. Winter, entre otros.

Sitio oficial de la obra de Henning Mankell en español

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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell

Book description from from henningmankell.com.

One cold January day the police are called to a sleepy little hamlet in the north of Sweden where they find the victim of a savage murder lying in the snow. As they begin their investigation they notice that the village seems eerily quiet and deserted. Going from house to house, looking for witnesses, they uncover a crime unprecedented in Swedish history.

When judge Birgitta Roslin reads about the massacre she realises that she has a family connection to one of the couples involved and decides to investigate. A nineteenth-century diary and a red ribbon found in the forest nearby are her only clues.

What Birgitta eventually uncovers leads her into an international web of corruption and a story of vengeance that stretches back over a hundred years.

The Man from Beijing is probably the most ambitious book by Henning Mankell I’ve read to date. A very complex novel that invites the reader to think about the changes taking place in our world. As usual, Mankell’s narrative captures our attention from the beginning and keeps the tension to the point of making us fear for the life of Birgitta Roslin and Chan Bing. But I’ve also found some flaws that prevent it from being one of his best books. Besides I disagree with some of his views (on Robert Mugabe and Mao Zedong, for example). Anyway I found it very entertaining with the added benefit of making us think about the times we live in.

This was the fifth book I read for the 2011 Nordic Challenge hosted by Zee at Welcome to Notes from the North.

The Man from Beijing has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime, Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, Norman at Crime Scraps, Bernadette at Reactions to Reading, Yvonne Klein at Reviewing the evidence,

Henning Mankell webpage

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My Reading Plan – January 2011

>Getting back to brass tacks, I’m currently reading Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström and my plan is to tackle next: Yours Until Death by Gunnar Staalesen, The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, Red Wolf by Liza Marklund and Unspoken by Mari Jungstedt. This should take me at least through the 15th of February at my reading pace . They are all in my TBR shelves and I have the firm intention of not buying any further book until finishing all of them.
Bets are opened. Will I get it done?

There is work ahead to do

Once the 2010 International Dagger Award has been announced I look forward to the 2011 International Dagger Award. You can check at Euro Crime here the list, so far, of translated crime novels published between June 2010 and May 2011 ie the period of eligibility.

I have only read one, Mankell’s The Troubled Man (El hombre inquieto) in Spanish – you can check my post here, but I have just started to read Villar’s Death on a Galician Shore (La playa de los ahogados) and I’ve Markaris’ Basic Shareholder (El accionista mayoritario) as my third European book on Dorte’s 2010 Global Reading Challenge. I do not plan to read them all, but there are very interesting titles just to keep me going. There is work ahead to do.

>Premios Brigada 21 Shortlist

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To give you a flavour of what was published in Spain last year you can find below the shortlist for this year Premios Brigada 21. Just want to highlight two categories:

Best crime fiction novel published in 2009 in Spanish (Castilian)

No hay que morir dos veces, Francisco González Ledesma, Planeta

Perro vagabundo busca a quien morder, Julián Ibáñez, Alreves

El baile ha terminado, Julián Ibáñez, Roca

Ciudad Santa, Guillermo Orsi, Almuzara

La playa de los ahogados, Domingo Villar, Siruela

I’ve only two in my to-read pile (Domingo Villar and Francisco González Ledesma) and one (Guillermo Orsi) in my wish list.

Best crime novel published in 2009 (translated)

El hombre inquieto, (The Troubled Man), Henning Mankell, Tusquets

Conexión Lorena, (Lorraine Connection), Dominique Manotti, Alba

Nemesis, Jo Nesbo, RBA

El Poder del perro (The Power of the Dog), Don Winslow, Mondadori

Ardores de Agosto (August Heat), Andrea Camilleri, Salamandra

I’ve read three (Camilleri, Mankell, Nesbo) of them and have the other two (Manotti and Winslow) in my to-read pile.

 

Finalistas Premios Brigada 21

Novel.la en català editada en 2009

Mateu al president. Bennassar, Sebastià (Cossetania)

Emulsió de ferro. Jovani, Sebastià (La Magrana)

Mans lliures. Manuel, Jordi de (Edicions 62)

Sang culé. Pijoan, Jordi (Llibres de l’Índex)

La Solitud de Patricia. Quilez, Carles (La Magrana)

Novel.la traduïda al català editada en 2009
La dona de verd. Indridason, Arnaldur (La Magrana)
L’home inquiet. Mankell, Henning (Tusquets)
Mort a Estanbul. Markaris, Petros (Tusquets)
Nèmesi. Nesbo, Jo (Proa)
Un lloc incert. Vargas, Fred (Amsterdam)

Primera Novela en castellano editada en 2009
Tiempo de alacranes. BEF (Pàmies)
La sopa de Dios. Casamayor, Gregorio (El Acantilado)
Benegas. Jurado, Francisco José (Almuzara)
Siete maneras de matar un gato. Néspolo, Matías (Libros del Lince)
Tarde, mal y nunca. Zanon, Carlos (Saymon)

Mejor Novela en castellano editada en 2009
No hay que morir dos veces. González Ledesma, Francisco (Planeta)
Perro vagabundo busca a quien morder. Ibañez, Julián (Alrevés)
El baile ha terminado. Ibáñez, Julián (Roca)
Ciudad Santa. Orsi, Guillermo (Almuzara)
La playa de los ahogados. Villar, Domingo (Siruela)

Mejor novela traducida al castellano editada en 2009
El hombre inquieto. Mankell, Henning (Tusquets)
Conexión Lorena. Manotti, Dominique (Alba)
Némesis. Nesbo, Jo (RBA)
El poder del perro. Winslow, Don (Mondadori)
Ardores de agosto. Camilleri, Andrea (Salamandra)

Premi Florenci Clavé a la mejor portada editada en 2009
Tiempo de alacranes. BEF (Pàmies)
Los espias de Varsovia. Furst, Alan (Seix Barral)
Trago amargo. Haggenbeck, F.G (Roca)
Cuentos completos. Madrid, Juan (Ediciones B)
Los demonios de Berlín. Valle, Ignacio del (Alfaguara)

>Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2010 Update # 2

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As most of you know I’m participating in the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge hosted by Amy at The Black Sheep Dances. My original book selection included the following titles:

The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read

Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson. Read

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. Readth_scandinaviamap-1

The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser. Read.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. TBR.

Missing by Karin Alvtegen. TBR.

However as I’m planning to read the six books of the CWA International Dagger shortlist before the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July and I have just received today The Darkets Room by Johan Theorin, I will use this book in addition to Nemesis.

So far this year I have also read: Tainted Blood (aka Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason and Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum. And waiting in my TBR pile besides Nemesis are: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason; The Redeemer and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; The Pyramid and The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell; The Serbian Dane and The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen; The Indian Bride and The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum; The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen.

You still have time to join this Challenge, click here.