1963. First Edition.
Published by Heinemann, London Toronto Melbourne.
Cover is hard bound in Blue cloth boards. Minor shelf and edge-wear.
Slight water stain on front. Corners are bumped.
Dust Jacket is present. In Fair condition. Some chips and edge-wear. Water damage to edges and spine panel. Tanned. Price is not clipped. Previous owner's name in pencil of front flap.
End papers are intact. Foxed.
Preliminaries - Dedication, Acknowledgements. Foxed.
Main Text Body - 302 page. In Very Good condition. Slight tanning at page edges.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
Set during the height of the Cold War, The Shoes of the Fisherman opens as protagonist Kiril Pavlovich Lakota, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lviv (or Lvov is unexpectedly set free after twenty years in a Siberian labour camp by his former jailer, Piotr Ilyich Kamenev now the premier of the Soviet Union. He is sent to Rome, where the elderly fictional Pope Pius XIII raises him to the cardinalate in the title of St. Athanasius. Lakota is reluctant, begging to be given "a simple mission with simple people," but the Pope insists that he kneel and receive the scarlet zucchetto that designates the rank of cardinal.When the Pontiff suddenly collapses and dies, After seven ballots of deadlock, Lakota finds himself elected Pope as a compromise candidate by acclamation after the Cardinals, unable to decide between the leading candidates, interview him and are impressed by his ideas and his humility.