Alejandro de Yepes and Jesús Rocamora, young officers in the Spanish army, are stationed alone during the longest war in the history of humankind. When the mysterious Petrus appears out of nowhere, they abandon their post to follow him – across a bridge they cannot see.
Petrus’s world is one of lingering fog, strange beings and extraordinary beauty. It is also where the fate of our world, and all its living creatures, is decided. Yet it is under threat. As the battle against the forces of disenchantment draws to a climactic close, can poetry and beauty prevail over darkness and death? And what role will Alejandro and Jesús play?
Muriel Barbery’s richly imagined new work, a companion novel to The Life of Elves, will transport readers to a lost world exposed to the constant churn of civilisations and remind them of the power of poetry and imagination.