After the fire / Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy.
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- ISBN: 9780525435082 (paperback)
- ISBN: 0525435085 (paperback)
- Physical Description: 401 pages ; 21 cm
- Publisher: New York : Vintage, .
|Summary, etc.:||"Henning Mankell's last novel about an aging man whose quiet, solitary life on an isolated island off the coast of Sweden is turned upside down when his house catches fire. Fredrik Welin is a former surgeon who retired in disgrace decades earlier to a tiny island on which he is the only resident. He has a daughter he rarely sees and his mailman Jansson is the closest thing he has to a friend, and to an adversary. He is perfectly content to live out his days in quiet solitude. One autumn evening, he is startled awake by a blinding light--only to discover that his house is on fire. With the help of Jansson, he escapes the flames just in time wearing two left boots. Dawn reveals that everything he owns is now a smoldering pile of ash and his house is destroyed--forcing him to move into an abandoned trailer on his island. A local journalist, Lisa Modin, who wants to write a story about the fire, comes into his life. In doing so, she awakens in him something that he thought was long dead. Soon after, his daughter comes to the island with surprising news of her own. Meanwhile, the police suspect Fredrik of arson because he had a sizable insurance claim on his house. When Fredrik is away from the archipelago, another house goes up in flames and the community realizes they have an arsonist in their midst.After the Fireis an intimate portrait of an elderly recluse who is forced to open himself up to a world he'd left behind"--|
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After the Fire
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Acclaimed Swedish crime novelist Mankell is perhaps best known for his series of Kurt Wallander novels, made into a TV series starring Kenneth Branagh. Concerning a mysterious fire set at the isolated home of disgraced 70-year-old Swedish physician Fredrik Welin, who lives alone on a small island off the coast, this new book-the final novel Mankell worked on before he died in 2015-is in many ways also a crime novel. But it is so much more: it's also a gripping, deeply moving philosophical meditation on life, loneliness, and old age. During the course of the book, Welin's estranged daughter, his only child, reestablishes communication with him and announces that she is pregnant. Welin also strikes up an unlikely friendship with a female reporter who interviews him for the local newspaper about the fire. These unlikely developments coax Welin, who at the beginning of the novel has essentially given up and is waiting to die, back into the world of living and loving. Mankell handles this all with great compassion, humor, and humility. Verdict A powerful celebration of life wrapped in a Swedish crime novel; enthusiastically recommended for fans of literary fiction.-Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT Â© Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
After the Fire
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*Starred Review* Seventy-year-old Fredrik Welin lives a solitary life in his grandparents' house on a remote island off the coast of Sweden. Then disaster strikes. Having lost his surgical license years earlier after a botched operation, he awakens to a raging fire in which he loses everything else, save a mismatched pair of Wellingtons and a buckle from his Italian shoes. When arson is determined to be the cause of the fire, Welin discovers that he is a suspect. As he considers this unjust suspicion and whether to rebuild his house, he is consoled by his burgeoning friendship with reporter Lisa Modin and a renewed relationship with his daughter, Louise, who is pregnant at the age of 40. Two local residents die, and two more houses burn in the same manner as his, as Welin ponders his past and expresses concerns about mortality in this sequel to Italian Shoes (2009). But this novel, the last written by Mankell (who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 67), also brings resolution, dissipating concerns about death, and a welcome sense of tranquility. One hopes that the author, most revered for his Nordic mysteries but equally adept, as he shows here, at literary fiction, found the same peace he grants his legendary crime-fiction protagonist, Kurt Wallander. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY:This last novel is an appropriate coda for the opus of Mankell, most renowned for his Wallander mysteries but also known for literary and historical fiction.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2017 Booklist
Publishers Weekly Review
After the Fire
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On a rocky, remote private island in a Swedish archipelago, 70-year-old Fredrik Welin wakes to a searing light. He stumbles outside, recovering only a raincoat and two left boots on the way, and watches helplessly as his house burns to its foundations. This final novel from Mankell (the Kurt Wallander series), posthumously published in a stunning English translation, questions what happens to a person who has lost everything-and who considers himself too old to rebuild. Fredrik hardly has time to grieve the memories that burned along with the house's contents; when investigators arrive to inspect the smoking ruins, they discover clear signs of arson. Could it be insurance fraud? Or does the responsibility lie with one of Fredrik's neighbors, whom he's known for years and who showed up in their boats to battle the flames? And how will Fredrik's daughter-pregnant and harboring secrets of her own-react to the loss of her inheritance? Mankell's understated yet thrilling use of language brings both the rugged scenery and Fredrik's deep-rooted loneliness to life. It's a skillfully told, exquisitely structured story filled with sharp insights into human nature and unflinching examinations of the complex relationships to which people bind themselves in order to feel a little bit less alone. (Oct.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.