Who rides the horses of barbarism and civilization? Do the first belong to us and the second to the others (the Other)? Or do we ride them both at the same time inside each of our worlds?
This is a wonderful novel by a very gifted writer on such timeless (and, unfortunately, timely) issues. Its setting is roman but its issues are ours, today; its others (and foreigns) are the christian sect and the muslim invaders..Finally, if you want to reader a novel on cyvic liberties, on the difficulty of the rule of law, on the dilemmas of empowerment and on those universals of mankind such as love, hate, moral law, deep solitude, selfness and dedication to others, don't waste your time on second rate writers: read this novel by Mário de Carvalho. It will bring you a new, even if not too optimistic, confidence in literature and mankind. And it will show you that there's nothing like a historic novel to make you think about the present.