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May 22, 2011 12:20 PM Subscribe
Question about the Swedish surname Ander, inspired by the Henning Mankell novel The Fifth Woman
(spoilers, I guess for those who really care about these kinds of things, but not really)
posted by Ideal Impulse to media & arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In this novel, the murderer has the surname Ander. Kurt Wallander, the main character, comments to himself, "Ander was an unusual surname. It figured in the history of Swedish crime, although he couldn't recall how." And then that thread is dropped.
I tried to google this name and its possible meaning, but haven't found anything, mostly because my searches tend to pull up the name "Anders."
Does anyone know if this line is a reference to a real person, and who it might be? Also, is there any significance to the fact that Wallander's last name contains "Ander"?