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Italian shoes

Italian shoes

Mankell, Henning; Thompson, Laurie

Once a successful surgeon, Frederick Welin now lives in self-imposed exile on an island in the Swedish archipelago. Nearly 12 years have passed since he was disgraced for attempting to cover up a tragic mishap on the operating table. One morning he sees a hunched figure struggling towards him across the ice. His past is about to catch up with him. Once a successful surgeon, Frederick Welin now lives in self-imposed exile on an island in the Swedish archipelago. Nearly twelve years have passed since he was disgraced for attempting to cover up a tragic mishap on the operating table. One morning in the depths of winter, he sees a hunched figure struggling towards him across the ice. His past is about to catch up with him. The figure approaching in the freezing cold is Harriet, the only woman he has ever loved, the woman he abandoned in order to go and study in America forty years earlier. She has sought him out in the hope that he will honour a promise made many years ago. Now in the late stages of a terminal illness, she wants to visit a small lake in northern Sweden, a place Welin's father took him once as a boy. He upholds his pledge and drives her to this beautiful pool hidden deep in the forest. On the journey through the desolate snow-covered landscape, Welin reflects on his impoverished childhood and the woman he later left behind. However, once there Welin discovers that Harriet has left the biggest surprise until last. "Italian Shoes" is as compelling as it is disturbing. Through his anti-hero Welin, Mankell tackles ageing and death with sensitivity and acuity, and as with the critically acclaimed Depths, delivers a moving tour-de-force on the frailty of mankind

Hardback, Book. English. Modern fiction.
Published Harvill Secker : [distributor] TBS The Book Service Ltd : [distributor] Random House Australia : [distributor] Random House New Zealand Ltd : [distributor] Booksite Afrika : [distributor] Trafalgar Square 2009
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    20267086 ADULT FICTION F ADULT FICTION Due back 5th November

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Statement of responsibility: Henning Mankell; Translated by Laurie Thompson
Distributor: Harvill Secker; [distributor] TBS The Book Service Ltd; [distributor] Random House Australia; [distributor] Random House New Zealand Ltd; [distributor] Booksite Afrika; [distributor] Trafalgar Square, 2009
ISBN: 1846550998, 9781846550997
Note: Hardback.
Biography: Henning Mankell is the prize-winning and internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander Mysteries, now dominating bestseller lists throughout Europe. He devotes much of his free time to working with AIDS charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.
Physical Description: 256 p. ; 24x16x3 cm.
Subject: Medical errors Fiction.; Physicians Sweden Fiction.; Exile (Punishment) Fiction.; Surgeons Fiction.; General.; Terminally ill Fiction.; Sweden Fiction.; Physicians Malpractice Fiction.