Original title: Jäätelökauppias
EU Prize for Literature winner 2013
A European family chronicle that explores guilt, identity and the lines between fact and fiction.
WINNER OF THE 2013 EU PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
The Ice -Cream Man
The director of a film entitled The Ice-Cream Man refuses to give an actress a script – only detailed and domineering instructions on what he wants her to do next. Inside the film, a man and a woman pretending to be married hide out in the house of Mrs Nemcova in 1942. The narrative then jumps to Olomouc, where a woman is obsessively attending every screening of The Ice-Cream Man, and later to the Prague dormitory of Jan, a student who receives a visit from his mother. Jan makes his way to Sweden and forms an uneasy relationship with a group of young women whose language or motives he barely understands. Twenty years later Jan’s daughter is travelling in Europe and becomes absorbed in a series of letters addressed to someone named Milena.
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ALBANIA, Fan Noli
CROATIA, Naklada Ljevak.
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
GERMANY, Schenk Verlag
LATVIA, Janis Roze,
MACEDONIA, Bata Press
SERBIA, Kontrast Izdavastvo
SPAIN, Editorial Bercimuel
WORLD ENGLISH, AmazonCrossing