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Italian Shoes (Vintage)


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From the bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander series comes a touching and intimate story about an embattled man’s unexpected chance at redemption.  


Many years ago a devastating mistake drove Fredrik Welkin into a life as far as possible from his former position as a surgeon, where he mistakenly amputated the wrong arm of one of his patients. Now he lives in a frozen landscape. Each morning he dips his body into the freezing lake surrounding his home to remind himself he’s alive. However, Welkins’s icy existence begins to thaw when he receives a visit from a guest who helps him embark on a journey to acceptance and understanding. Full of the graceful prose and deft characterization that have been the hallmarks of Mankell’s prose, Italian Shoes shows a modern master at the height of his powers, effortlessly delivering a remarkable novel about the most rewarding theme of all: hope.    


From the prizewinning master of atmosphere ("The Boston Globe") and the creator of the bestselling Kurt Wallender mystery series comes the surprising and affecting story of a man well past middle age who suddenly finds himself on the threshold of renewal.

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written nine Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger for Sidetracked) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. He has also published many other novels for children, teens, and adults. In addition, he is one of Sweden's most popular dramatists.

Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida. He has spent many years in Africa, where a number of his novels are set.

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JL, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by JL)
This beautifully written novel is about the thawing of a frozen heart.
Self-imposed exile, living on a tiny island off the coast of Sweden, Fredrik Welin suddenly finds himself on the threshold of renewal. When an unexpected visitor alters his life completely, thus begins an eccentric, elegiac journey.
This story is well written and very well translated.
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Ryan Douglas, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by Ryan Douglas)
I was not sure what to make of a novel by the acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander series, but I was blown away by the textures and depth that the characters in Italian Shoes had. Never have I longed to live in solitude on a frozen island in the Swedish archipelago so bad in my life. Mankell made the desolate landscape seem like a safe haven from the skeletons we all have in our closet only to have that solitude disturbed by the most unusual set of circumstances. Mankell has a gift of serving up some very troubling topics that make the reader almost sympathize with the torment of each character. You want to believe that everything is ok, but sometime life is not ok. Mankell explores all the reality that is a man seeing the end of his life in the not so distant future, reliving the mistakes made when much younger, and trying to fix that cannot be fixed.
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paul monska, September 17, 2011 (view all comments by paul monska)
Mankell steps out of the mystery genre in this novel and provides a personal and gut-wrenching examination of the protagonist, who is as icy and distant as a frozen island in Scandinavian. The plot is compelling in its progression of brutal honesty tinged with bitterness. Here is a poignant tale about aging and the search for redemption. Mankell does not disappoint in this masterful work of fiction.
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Mankell, Henning
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