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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 06/10/2015

Mankell was Sweden's conscience

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell died on Monday aged 67. With his world-famous figure Inspector Kurt Wallander, Mankell denounced problems in society and politics, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter points out: "Above all he dealt with the decline of the welfare state, but also with the fact that society - meaning primarily social democracy - has neglected its historical task of ensuring solidarity and justice. Mankell believed that today's politicians don't take politics seriously. For him, the most burning issues weren't about the economy but about how to renew solidarity and the idea that democracy must not be taken for granted. In his view as soon as the rule of law falls by the wayside revenge takes the fore, with the result that fascism and organised crime take root and thrive."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 22/10/2007

Lars Lindner on the resurge of interest in the mafia

Three books about the mafia have recently appeared in their Swedish translation. "Is it the threat or the attraction that makes it so interesting to write about the mafia these days? Lars Lindner asks, attempting to explain the recent surge of interest in this topic: "When a society no longer helps, you have to look elsewhere for protection and support - this ancient Southern Italian wisdom is now spreading rapidly throughout the world. It's often difficult to distinguish between privatisation and criminalisation - whether it's in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Iraq, the security branch or the international economy. Liberalisation quickly becomes tribalisation - a boundless world of clans that work together with dictators. The combination of diminished state power and increasingly frequent marriages of convenience, both legal and illegal, is not very reassuring."

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