April 2009 Indie Next List
“While this story about a man torn from a long self-imposed isolation is wholly unlike any of Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries, it has some Mankell trademarks -- characters written with such strength and clarity you could see them through a deep fog, an unparalleled depiction of the Swedish landscape, and brief shocking moments of violence. It's a marvelous read.”
— Laura Hansen, Bookin' It, Little Falls, MN
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.
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.
“Beautiful.”—The Boston Globe
"A voyage into the soul of a man."--The Guardian, London
“A fine meditation on love and loss.”--Sunday Telegraph, London
“Intense and precisely detailed. . . . A hopeful account of a man released from self-imposed withdrawal.”—The Independent, London