The Man from Milan
Bruno W is a chef who has just received his first Michelin star. His days are spent shuttling between his bed, the food markets, the best food shops in the city, and his restaurant in Milan. His fiancée complains about the fact that she hardly ever sees him. His strive to find that perfect flavour overshadows everything else in his life. Ten days before their wedding, Bruno jumps on a train. Those who saw him running through the long train carriage in Milan that day later recount how it looked like he was running for his life. In his own head, he was simply taking the train to Piombino and then getting on a boat to Elba, for some time off following the chaos of receiving the Michelin star. On Elba, he ends up with a widow on a beautiful, mysterious property. The widow’s hair looks like cotton candy. Talking to her is like talking to God.
Three years later, he returns to Elba. He keeps the terrible incident that has happened to him a secret, and tries to transform the secret into gold.
The Man from Milan is an elegant and somewhat fantastical novel about a chef on the run and a widow riding, about his speed and her idleness, about an island of tantalising plants and a taste that no longer exists.