Set between 1799 and 1808 during the Napoleonic era, this stunning novel takes place in Southern Switzerland and the Ligurian coast.
Damien André Berra, son of a Swiss farmer, is exiled to northern Italy in the wake of Napoleon’s crossing of the Saint Bernard Pass in 1799. Inspired by a number of of amorous adventures, Damien becomes a renowned linguist and short story writer.
His experiences during this turning point in European history are set amidst the political events and the women he meets. Giuseppe Spremuta is an Italian administrator who befriends him and encourages him to write his stories.