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"December 12, 1945. Nazi Germany lies in ruins as a British warplane lands in Buckeburg. A man carrying a small black bag quickly disembarks and travels to Hamelin, where he disappears behind the prison gates. Early the next day, England's most experienced hangman executes twelve war criminals." "Fifty-four years later, retired policeman Herbert Molin spends another sleepl ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by New Press, The (first published 2000)
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Maria João Fernandes
Stefan Lindman é mais novo que Kurt Wallander, mas as semelhanças entre os dois policias são imensas. Ambos são pensativos, obstinados e quase obsessivos na perseguição dos seus objetivos e intuição. Acima de tudo, são dois homens cansados do mundo. Enquanto Wallander sofre de diabetes e excesso de peso, é diagnosticado a Lindman, logo no inicio do livro, cancro da língua.

E é durante a baixa por doença, três semanas antes de começar o tratamento ao cancro, que Lindman se envolve numa investigaç
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Carol
Mankell's novel is an indictment of the rise of hate groups in modern Sweden where xenophobic groups like Strong Sweden and other neo-Nazi organizations promote their racial hatred towards others. One can almost feel the cold snow and the isolation of Sweden in this well written novel of murder, suspense and careful police detection.

The Return of the Dancing Master is bleak, yes, but it is fascinating and chilling, with the traditional flawed-hero, and it is refreshingly unformulaic. The plot is
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Colleen
This is the best of the Henning Mankell books. The murder that starts off the book is incomprehensible, but the hanging of Nazi war criminals in the prologue gives us a hint. As usual the Swedish gloom and weather sets the tone and the deep understanding of motivation drives the book.
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Ann Sloan
The Return of the Dancing Master features a new Henning Mankell detective named Stefan Lindman. Coincidentally, perhaps, a character named Stefan Lindman is Linda Wallander’s odd, unconventional boyfriend in the first BBC4 TV series. He was killed off at the end of the first series. This series stars Krister Henriksson, rather than the Swedish Wallander starring Rolf Larsgaard or the British version starring Kenneth Brannagh .

Published in 2000, it was translated into English in 2003 by Laurie Th
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Shahr Baran
همه فكر ميكنند كه نازيسم با مرگ هيتلر از بين رفته اما 55 سال بعد قتلي عجيب در جايي متروك در شهرهاي شمال سوئد رازي عجيب را برملا ميكند ..رد پاهاي خونيني كه نشان از جا پاي رقص تانگو هستند باعث كنجكاوي علت قتل توسط پليس ميشود وتحقيقات پليس به شبكه اي مخوف منتهي ميشود كه نشان ميدهد نازييسم دوباره زنده شده ودر حال ريشه دواندن به سبكي مدرن وجديد در جهان است ..داستاني پليسي پراز تعليق ورمز وراز ..كه شما را بارها وسوسه ميكند كه نگاهي به صفحه اخر كتاب بيندازيد تا زودتر پي به راز عجيب موجود ببريد ..اما هر ...more
Julián
Otra novela negra de Mankell. Con diferencia, el tipo del que más libros he leído en mi vida. Probablemente sea por dos cosas: porque son buenos y porque son muy entretenidos.

A lo que vamos. Este no es de Wallander, sino de un policía de otra región sueca. Es bastante parecido a su compatriota de Scania: muy inteligente y perspicaz para su trabajo pero de escasa inteligencia emocional. Toda la novela la pasa angustiado después de que le hayan detectado un cáncer en la boca y su relación con su n
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Janice
I'm veering off from the crowd on this one. 67% of the ratings are for 4 & 5 stars. I don't get it.

The protagonist is a 30 year old detective who is off on sick leave because he has cancer of the tongue, don't you know? If you read the book, he will tell you - every chance he gets. I'm not sure what the intent was behind having such an angst ridden, whiny, self-absorbed character. It didn't add anything to the story. In fact, if it had been left out, there would be no effect to the story exc
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Stephanie
Décembre 1945. Dans l'Allemagne vaincue, un passager solitaire descend d'un avion militaire britannique et se rend à la prison de Hameln. Là, il procède à la pendaison de criminels de guerre nazis. Mais l'un d'eux a échappé à son sort. Octobre 1999, dans le nord de la Suède, Herbert Molin, un policier à la retraite, est torturé à mort. Dans sa maison isolée, les empreintes sur le parquet semblent indiquer que le tueur a esquissé un tango sanglant avec sa victime. Ici, ce n'est plus le commissair ...more
Paul Patterson
In the prologue of Henning Mankell’s The Return of the Dancing Master, I thought I recognized a character from a recent TV movie called The Last Hangman, featuring the life and times of Albert Pierrepoint. (actor:Timothy Spall) I was wrong about the novel character’s exact identity; Mankell’s hangman was a fellow called Davenport. As for the connection between the prologue and rest of The Dancing Master, my movie association however functioned as a helpful template in discovering one of Mankell' ...more
Reinhold
Mankell kann es besser

Wenngleich die Überschrift "Mankell kann es besser" lautet, heißt das nicht, dass das Buch schlecht wäre. Im Sinne von "Das Bessere ist der Feind des Guten" - so ist es hier eben auch - es ist jedoch bestimmt nicht sein schlechtestes Werk. Gute Mittelklasse eben - aber was für Mankell Mittelklasse ist, ist für viele andere schon das Ende der Fahnenstange.

Gleich zur Story. Mankell führt Stefan Lindman als neuen Protagonisten ein. Ebenso wie Kurt Wallander steht er mitten in
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Kathleen Hagen
The Return of the Dancing Master, by Henning Mankell. A. Narrated by Grover Gardner, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a stand-alone published by Mankell in 2000, and it is as good as any of the best Kurt Wallanders. In this book we briefly meet a retired Swedish policeman Herbert Molin, who now lives quietly in the northern forestland in Sweden. It is clear that even in 1999 he has nightmares about something that happened during WW II almost 50 years ago-nightmar
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Steve
"The Return of the Dancing Master" marks the creation of a new Henning Mankell detective, Stefan Lindman.

It starts out in 1945. Nazi Germany lies in ruins. Shortly nine male and three female war criminals are hanged. 54 years later, retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in northern Sweden. The police discover strange tracks in the blood on the floor as if someone had been practicing the tango.

A young a young police officer on sick leave, Lindman hears
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Christopher
Oct 01, 2007 Christopher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of crime novels/detective stories
This is the first non-Kurt Wallander book I've read by Henning Mankell, and it might be the only one out there. In any case, it's one of the best as well. Instead of small town southern Sweden, Mankell brings us up north a bit to an even smaller "town" where a gruesome murder has occurred. I think the change of characters and scenery frees Mankell to delve deeper into his main character, Lindman.

Mankell certainly has a talent for making his characters come across as very realistic and somehow sy
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Bibliophile
The Return of the Dancing Master is the first of Henning Mankell's non-Kurt Wallander novels that I've read. Although I didn't get a close-up description of Wallander's dietary woes in this one, I did get another policeman, Stephan Lindman, who's worried about having a cancerous tumor on his tongue. (He was so introspective and so constantly worried about this and whether he was going to die that, despite my initial sympathy, by the end, all I wanted to say to Lindman was "DUDE! GO GET YOUR TREA ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Alright, so this was a bit slow for me, especially the beginning which was really kind of pointless. Even having read the whole book, the first part was unnecessary; the pointlessness of it reminded me of the random boring parts in Les Mis.

Also, Nazis are SOOOOOOOOO overdone. I'm sick of reading about freakin' Nazis in every book I pick up that isn't fantasy. Swedish fiction is repeat offender in that regard, and I was seriously hoping that this book wouldn't focus on Nazis, but alas, did. Neo
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Melanie
This was the first Henning Mankell book that I've read, and it was a riveting tale. The novel's prologue sets an ominous tone with the hanging of Nazi war criminals. It is not until later in the book that this makes sense. Detective Stefan Lindman, on sick leave after a cancer diagnosis, decides to travel to the remote town where a former colleague has been murdered. He can't help himself and becomes involved in helping the local detective to track down the killer and the motive, which involves ...more
Mohnish Lad
First things first. i consider Mr. Mankell as my idol! He Is my God! so whatever he writes, I WILL READ IT!
this is the first book i read by Mr. mankell and after reading this i became an ultimate fan of his! actually i am a sucker for WWII novels. and this one is truly a masterpiece!
the main asset about this book is Mankell compares what is going in the protagonist's mind through the changing weather. the characterization is spot on and the plot is taut and engrossing. all Mankell will definitel
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Rachael
I had the audio version. I cannot believe that I persevered to the end. 11 discs. One thing that I really hate about Mankell is that he tells you whodunnit close to the beginning, or at least a third of the way in. This kills the suspense, and the only mystery is really, "will the protagonist figure out the culprit, too?" I haven't read any of the Wallander series, just this one and Man from Beijing, so maybe his plot stucture for the series is different. But I can tell you this, no more Mankell ...more
Olivia
This is a fantastic book. It is novel and refreshing yet maintains everything that is great about a Mankell mystery.

The characters were superb. I liked Stefan Lindman very much. I especially liked Larsson.

There was one aspect that annoyed me very much and that is reflective perhaps of my own political leanings....I am well aware of Mankell's own peculiar brand of socialism mixed with nationalism but I just cannot accept the sentence where he condemns the murderer of Molin as being just like thos
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Anders Hanson
The Return of the Dancing Master is the first of Mankell's books to be published in Britain that doesn't feature the character that made him famous - Kurt Wallander. And yet despite Wallander's absence the book doesn't feel that far removed from his previous stories.

As with his Wallander books, this one centres around a particular police detective working with others to investigate a shocking crime. This time the police officer is Stefan Lindman who ends up investigating the murder of a former c
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Carla
My opinion is that the Return of the Dancing Master underscores expertly that human beings solve problems, even when, and perhaps because of, the ordinary distractions of life.

Who among us doesn't question what we do for a living; whether we will live beyond age x; do we commit to this person or not? What a jumble we have in our heads, and yet, when Lindman or Wallander is on the trail, these are only missed/crossed synapses; allowing the seeming randomness of synchronicity to edge along to alm
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Ahmad Sharabiani
پلیس‌های داستان‌های این نویسنده سوئدی، شخصیتهایی خوب هستند و می‌توان شباهت‌هایی میان داستان‌های او با کتاب‌های آگاتا کریستی پیدا کرد‎
The return of the dancing master‬, Henning Mankell (1948)
عنوان: بازگشت استاد رقص؛ اثر: هنینگ مانکل، مترجم: جواد ذوالفقاری، مشخصات نشر: تهران، نوروز هنر، 1384، در 570 ص، چاپ دوم 1385، واژه نامه دارد، شابک: 9647109245، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان سوئدی قرن 20 م

عنوان: بازگشت استاد رقص؛ اثر: هنینگ مانکل، مترجم: جواد ذوالفقاری، مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر هیرمند، 1393، در 472
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Carol
No Kurt Wallander in this one but it’s still another outstanding thriller from Henning Mankell. It’s a gripping story of revenge and a search for past as well as contemporary Nazis. Unputdownable!
James
"The wind was blowing so hard that he could scarcely keep his balance."

Sentences like this are why I love reading Henning Mankell. He takes the Scandanavian crime novel to the realm of true literature. The hero of the story exhibits Kafkaesque anxiety over a soon-to-be-treated cancer in his tongue, an illness that convincingly parallels the neo-nazi scorge that he is uncovering in northern Sweden.

The characters are well developed and earn our sympathy and scorn. The settings are described in a m
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Frank
library mp3. While reading, I thought this was a new theme after Mankell killed off Kurt Wallender. However, I think this predates putting Kurt down, maybe not. I gave it a plus for portraying the sway of Naziism in Sweden during the war (where Sweden was neutral but contributed iron for the German war machine), and raising the concern over a continuing conspiracy.

It was a little slow, seems like everyone in Sweden stays up very late.

There were a few plot points not really explained or implaus
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Johannes
Jeder kennt den schwedischen Kriminalbeamter Wallander.
Dieses Buch spielt ebenfalls in Schweden und ist von Weltklasse.
Am Anfang muss man sich daran gewöhnen, dass die Geschichte nicht so gerafft ist, wie man es von Mankells TV-Serien kennt. Doch sobald man sich bewußt gemacht hat, dass ein Buch nun mal etwas anderes ist, wie eine Krimisendung von 90 Minuten fiebert man ständig mit mit den beiden Detektiven, die hier die Hauptrolle spielen.
Ein Buch, wovon man unbedingt wissen möchte, wie es am n
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Virginia Walter
Stefan Lindman is a young Swedish police officer who has been diagnosed with tongue cancer. He has one month of medical leave before his treatment begins, and he uses this time to visit the scene of the recent murder of a former colleague who had retired to a remote village. He gets involved with the investigation with its roots in World War II and manifestations of Nazism in Sweden today. Stefan's fear of his possible imminent mortality is a subtext throughout the narrative and motivates much o ...more
Jack
Return of the Dancing Master, by Hanning Mankell

I wasn't able to resist a book that combined a noir mystery, Argentine tango, and neo-Nazis. “The Return of the Dancing Master” admittedly seems to be a bit half-done, perhaps it was meant as a series, a longer book, or the novel itself just wasn't fully fleshed out. The prologue, for instance, was never again explored within the main plot or the epilogue. The translation, as well, is a bit awkward at times.

However, despite these shortcomings, the
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Päivikki
Boråsilainen rikospoliisi Stefan Lindman sairastuu vakavasti ja ryhtyy sairaslomallaan tutkimaan entisen kollegansa, eläkepäivikseen Pohjois-Ruotsiin Härjedaleniin muuttaneen Herbert Molinin raakaa murhaa. Molin on kidutettu kuoliaaksi. Murhapaikalta löytyy verijälkiä, jotka muodostavat lattiaan oudon kuvion, joka paljastuu tangon askeliksi. Myöhemmin myös Molinin naapuri murhataan. Murhatavan perusteella tekijä näyttäisi olevan sama, mutta murhien motiivia ja uhrien välistä mahdollista yhteyttä ...more
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Henning Mankell is an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He is best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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