An old hermit fending for himself in the Italian Alps is cut off from the local community by an avalanche, with only a stray dog for company – and a rival for the scant food available. Man and dog are pitted against Nature but the odd couple relationship is lightened with gallows humour: which one will end up eating the other? A convincing journey into madness and delusion – both unsettling and deeply affecting.

(Anne Horton-Smith, Opening the Book)

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