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Nocturne/Teran, Lisa St/Paper/0140177493/S052-C1
In the years before the Second World War, Maestro Rossi's dazzling travelling fair would pass through the small Umbrian village of San Severino. Drawn to the miraculous and mysterious sights and sounds there as a boy of fifteen, Alessandro Mezzanotte first encounters Valentina - beautiful, sensual and elusive - and is entranced.
So begins a fateful love that will become an obsession and an odyssey, as Mezzanotte devotedly pursues Valentina across Italy and in his most ardent dreams. Then tragedy strikes and the handsome soldier is scarred, losing his looks and his sight - but not his passion for Valentina, which sustains him over a lifetime of solitude. At last, near death, he breaks his silence in the company of the young conscript Stefano, who is inspired by his bittersweet memories of love and war.