”A hand to stroke his cheek would have been a blessing now. It was still in him, that instant response, on his skin, in certain places, alongside his liver spots, causing his whole body to shudder when a hand stroked his cheek. He could recall this hand, hers, the tenderness which stroked his cheek. Without being asked sometimes she would allow allow the palm of her hand to glide over his cheek. A shuddering then started in his stomach and spread throughout his body.”
An old man sets out on his last great journey, from his home far south on the globe to a flatland in the north. The former professional wrestler Hasti has always carried a haunting unease which has given him an unsteady and changing life, and now he can feel disease ravage his old body. With him on his journey he has brought his most beloved book, a masterpiece on the Italian renaissance master Fra Angelico, who painted “as if he had profound knowledge of creatures from the hereafter, both from heaven and hell, and that his endeavour was to bring out the space between these extremes and the existence of the human beings in the middle”. Hasti meets many people on his journey, but most of all he meets himself through memories, strange visions and intense déja-vus. With great courage he also faces the question: How can one forgive oneself and find peace? With grace and perception, Kirsti Blom portrays an old man with will to live, strength and a searching soul.