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The Return of the Dancing Master

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When retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in the northern forests of Sweden, police find strange tracks in the snow — as if someone had been practicing the tango. Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystif ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The return of the dancing master, Henning Mankell (1948)
عنوان: بازگشت استاد رقص؛ بازگشت معلم رقص؛ اثر: هنینگ مانکل؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم اکتبر سال 2008 میلادی
عنوان: بازگشت استاد رقص؛ اثر: هنینگ مانکل، مترجم: جواد ذوالفقاری، تهران، نوروز هنر، 1384، در 570 ص، چاپ دوم 1385، واژه نامه دارد، شابک: 9647109245، چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر هیرمند، 1393، در 472 ص؛ شابک: 9789644083334؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان سوئدی قرن 20 م
عنوان: بازگشت معلم رقص؛ اثر: هنینگ مانکل، مترجم: هادی بنایی، تهران، شهر کتاب هرم
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Carol
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Ann Sloan
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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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Ginny_1807
"Che noia, che barba, che barba, che noia!"(bis)
Mi sto arrendendo di fronte all'evidenza che Henning Mankell non sia uno scrittore adatto a me.
Con o senza Wallander, non cambia nulla.
Non dico che manchi di inventiva, perché alcuni spunti sono addirittura geniali, come in questo caso i passi di danza sul luogo del delitto.
Purtroppo però questi colpi di genio non vengono sfruttati in modo convincente, né inseriti in un contesto altrettanto originale e trascinante; restano semplici promesse nell'a
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Colleen
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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.
Dolceluna
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ormai, dopo tre letture fatte di Mankell (tra cui, punta di diamante, "Delitto di mezza estate") mi azzardo quasi a definirlo uno di quegli "autori-certezza", uno di quelli coi quali posso andare a colpo sicuro nel trovare una buona lettura thriller. Nel caso di questo romanzo, poi, vado controcorrente rispetto a tanti commenti di utenti che lo definiscono lento e noioso, e dico che a me, in tutta la sua semplicità, è piaciuto davvero tantissimo. La neve, il freddo, un casolare sperduto in un pa ...more
Brad
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
As a big fan of Henning Mankell's Wallander series, I had high hopes for this story on the periphery of Wallander's Sweden, since it is one of Mankell's highest profile non-Wallander books, but while it was okay, I found myself mostly annoyed.

My annoyance was easy to pin down. Mankell is wearing his politics like a big old Groucho Marx nose on this one. It's not that I disagree with his politics. I don't. But there was a complete and utter lack of subtlety in his anti-Nazi, anti-neo-Fascist dia
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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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Shahr Baran
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Donna
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
All in all.....3 stars.

I liked the premise of the story....it is relevant in our world today because such groups do exist. I also liked the main MC. He wasn't bestowed with a huge personality, but one that was easier to identify with.

There were some stalling points in this. It felt like it was trying to move forward but sometimes it seemed like it was waiting for the light to turn green. There was a lot of chatting about the findings and not the actual 'finding of the clues'. There were many lo
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Cecily Kyle
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: towers
I picked this book up for a challenge and the cover art on the edition I had was ominous and creepy. I thought it was going to be good but I ended up falling asleep twice while I was reading it. It had an interesting premise but it wasn't really my thing and a bit too slow. MEh
EpidermaS
Rewelacja. Po prostu rewelacja. Po długim okresie thrillerowej ascezy dosłownie chłeptałam tę powieść jak pies bernardyn wodę (i to po trzech dniach wędrówki przez Saharę).

W ciągu godziny, w dusznym, zatłoczonym busie, ściśnięta gdzieś między torbą z laptopem a inną pasażerką (nie mniej obładowaną tobołami niż ja), udało mi się pochłonąć 100 pierwszych stron. Książka wciągnęła mnie do tego stopnia, że zupełnie nie przeszkadzały mi takie a nie inne warunki podróży.

Ta książka żyje. Nic tu nie je
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TBML
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Lobstergirl
The gloomy, depressed, sleep-deprived, death-obsessed detective in this one, Stefan Lindman, is not as charming or interesting as the gloomy, depressed, sleep-deprived Kurt Wallander. Lindman has been given a diagnosis of tongue cancer, but it's in the early stages and his doctor tells him he has a good chance of recovery. Nonetheless, Lindman is absolutely convinced he's going to die and we read about his fears on every other page as he solves two murders on vacation while he waits for his radi ...more
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
Luana
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggio è stato un mese molto fiacco dal punto di vista delle letture: ho perso il conto dei libri iniziati e mai finiti, ma alla fine sono riuscita a venirne fuori affidandomi a uno dei miei scrittori preferiti. Henning Mankell torna a colpire di nuovo, ma questa volta non si tratta di una delle avventure del commissario Wallander: Stefan Lindman, poliziotto svedese di 37 anni, si trova ad un bivio drammatico nella sua vita, visto che gli è stato appena diagnosticato un tumore. Mentre è in attes ...more
Matias
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le doy cuatro estrellas, pero podría ponerle cinco tranquilamente. Ayer domingo, me deboré 200 páginas como si fuesen dos migas de pan.

Esta novela es la primera de Mankell que leo en la que no esté Wallander como protagonista y, aunque su lectura fue incentivada para darle continuidad de la serie Wallander (ya que Linda Wallander, en "Antes de que hiele" trabajará con Stefan, policía protagonista de esta novela).

Tanto Stefan como Giuseppe y algún otro policía son personajes entrañables -al menos
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Mninha
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mankell
Entretenida pero mucho más floja que cualquiera de la serie Wallander, en primer lugar porque el agente Stefan Lindman está a años luz como personaje (y no digamos ya como protagonista) del inspector de Ystad y, en segundo, porque la crítica político-social que trufa toda la novela (cuya historia, así como su trama, son interesantes) es de trazo demasiado grueso, sobre todo si se echa un vistazo al resto de la obra de Mankell.
Gretchen
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, own, 2017
Surprisingly good.
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
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
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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Julián
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Reinhold
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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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Christopher
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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Stephanie
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steve
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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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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 a repeat offender in that regard, and I was seriously hoping that this book wouldn't focus on Nazis, but alas, did. Ne
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Carla
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

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