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If there's any truth to that negativity, maybe you could compare Sweden to the US in the 90s. We were a prosperous, safe nation (in comparison to where we are now) that produced a lot of music, film and literature about how depressing and alienating it was to be us. In fact, you can see the same sort of frustration and stifling ennui (is that the right word?) in a lot of novels about aristocrats, too. Maybe when you have money and health care and don't have to fight so hard to survive, it's natural for your thoughts to turn to dissatisfaction with the human condition.


Also, Mankell is married to Bergman's daughter.

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