Gustaw Herling's great novel, A World Apart , was published internationally and has been widely acclaimed as a classic of contemporary European literature. The three in the present collection are unified by the themes of solitude, suffering and violence. The title novella is set on an island near Naples during the Second World War. The author writes vividly of a timeless, isolated world, and of the decaying monastery which casts its shadow over the lives of the islanders. The story is one of love foredoomed to tragedy, yet out of the suffering of the three main characters comes a profound sense of resignation and salvation.