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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, October 6, 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."

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