By Antal Szerb
In August 1936 a Hungarian author in his mid-thirties arrives by way of teach in Venice, on a trip overshadowed through the arriving conflict and charged with extreme own nostalgia. conscious that he may by no means back stopover at this land whose websites and scenes had as soon as exercised a wierd and terrifying energy over his mind's eye, he immerses himself in a move of discoveries, reappraisals and inevitable self-revelations. From Venice, he strains the path taken through the Germanic invaders of outdated right down to Ravenna, to face, gratifying a lifelong dream, ahead of the sacred mosaics of San Vitale.
This trip into his inner most previous brings Antal Szerb firmly, and from time to time painfully, up opposed to an explosive current, generating a few memorable observations at the social wonders and existential horrors of Mussolini's new Roman Imperium.