After the Fire by Henning Mankell audiobook

After the Fire

By Henning Mankell , with Marlaine Delargy
Translated by Laurie Thompson
Read by Sean Barrett

Random House Audio
11.94 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780525524199

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 Fire is 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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Finalist for the 2018 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel

Shortlisted for the 2018 CWA International Dagger award

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 Fire is an intimate portrait of an elderly recluse who is forced to open himself up to a world he'd left behind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Sean Barrett’s sonorous and elegant delivery is somehow perfect for the somber tones of the last novel by the nordic noir writer Henning Mankell. Barrett breathes life into the collection of Baltic archipelago eccentrics Mankell has assembled for this study of loneliness, old age, and humans with no talent for connection.” AudioFile
After the Fire is full of regret, loneliness, and the melancholy of growing old, but there is also hope and love.” Times (London)
“This final novel from Mankell, 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…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.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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.” Booklist (starred review)
“Amid all his ruminations and flashbacks and flirtations with despair, Mankell shows his unlikely hero’s indomitable will to survive and, if possible, to make the next chapter of his life an improvement on what’s gone before.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Henning Mankell

Author Bio: Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English