Italian Shoes

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.

Italian Shoes was published in Sweden 2006 and in English 2009.

Original title: Italienska skor
Publication year: 2006
Published / To be published: Norway, Finland, Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, USA, Italy, Denmark, Spain, France, Ukraine, Korea, Romania, Croatia, Portugal, Japan