Paris, 1939: a young French journalist, Philippe Tempo is searching for information on the illicit love affair of a Spanish duchess with a Greek arms dealer, whose life gave rise to many questions on his lineage, his actions and political influence. Who, after all, was the man who, at the end of the First World War, was considered the richest man in the world?
The answer is given by old anarchist Miguel Sarabon. His narration reveals a world of conspiracy, behind-the-scenes politics and illegal profits. A society of shadows writes history in absentia of ordinary people, and events that marked the twentieth century, like the Asia Minor Disaster, seem to have been inspired by a relentless leading character.
The mysterious Greek is “present” at every major moment: new weapons, colonial wars, political scandals, secret services, the struggle for the rebirth of Greece. His dark journey through the metropolises of the world is only lit by an inexplicable patriotism and his passion for a woman…
A review in the form of a novel of the years that heralded our own times, when love and History, politics and espionage, romanticism and cynicism all claimed their share of the action.