novelist Mark Helprin comes a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the
world at war.
Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of a
prosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races
horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and,
while a student of painting at the ancient university in Bologna, he falls in
love. Then the Great War intervenes. Half a century later, in August of 1964,
Alessandro, a white-haired professor, tall and proud, meets an illiterate young
factory worker on the road. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventy
kilometers away, the old man—a soldier and a hero who became a prisoner and
then a deserter, wandering in the hell that claimed Europe—tells him how he
tragically lost one family and gained another. The boy, envying the richness
and drama of Alessandro’s experiences, realizes that this magnificent tale is
not merely a story: it’s a recapitulation of his life, his reckoning with
mortality, and, above all, a love song for his family. Download and start listening now!