“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.
“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