Автор: Thornton Wilder
THE CABALA, Thornton Wilders first novel, marked the debut of an already mature and developed talent. Set in Rome in the early 20th century, it concerns a dazzling, sophisticated, and ultimately pathetic circle of people who dwell at the highest reaches of Roman aristocratic society. Seen through the eyes of a young American of staunch New England background, come to Rome to study ancient ruins, the members of the Cabala gradually — and ironically — reveal their true selves. In this compelling, distinctive picture of latter-day pagans shielded by their gifts from the losses and follies of ordinary humanity, Mr. Wilder has given us a novel of exceptional insight and clarity.