Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
A Novel

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From the prizewinning “master of atmosphere” (Boston Globe) comes the surprising and affecting story of a man well past middle age who suddenly finds himself on the threshold of renewal.

Living on a tiny island entirely surrounded by ice during the long winter months, Fredrik Welin is so lost to the world that he cuts a hole in the ice every morning and lowers himself into the freezing water to remind himself that he is alive. Haunted by memories of the terrible mistake that drove him to this island and away from a successful career as a surgeon, he lives in a stasis so complete an anthill grows undisturbed in his living room.

When an unexpected visitor alters his life completely, thus begins an eccentric, elegiac journey—one that shows Mankell at the very height of his powers as a novelist.

A deeply human tale of loss and redemption, Italian Shoes is a testament to the unpredictability of life, which breeds hope even in the face of tragedy.

About Henning Mankell

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Bestselling author Henning Mankell has received numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique. Ebba Segerberg has translated One Step Behind, Firewall, and Before the Frost by Henning Mankell (all available from The New Press) and Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Published April 14, 2009 by New Press, The. 257 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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A tragic operating room error has cost Swedish surgeon Fredrik Welin his career in this moving novel from Mankell, who's best known for his Kurt Wallander mystery series (<EMPHASIS TYPE=ITALI

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The Guardian

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Suffice to say that during his journey back to himself, Frederick will encounter characters with qualities dear to Mankell's heart: an outsider community of musicians, activists and artisan shoemakers squatting in abandoned forest dwellings;

Apr 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Italian Shoes: A Novel

The Bookbag

The book lacks a towering female character such as Sara Fredrika in Depths, but Harriet and the other women who come into Welin's life are vital – despite the fact that one is terminally ill – and contribute greatly to the uplifting feeling that the book gave me.

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Once to simply enjoy the story, a second time to delve deeper into the story to seek out all the nuances of the story, and a third time to study Mankell's literary skill with which he can transport you to a given time and place with only a simple line or two.

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