Francis Mirkovic, a French Intelligence Services agent for fifteen years, is travelling first class on the train from Milan
to Rome. Handcuffed to the luggage rack above him is a briefcase containing a wealth of information about the war criminals,
terrorists and arms dealers of the Zone - the Mediterranean region, from Barcelona to Beirut, from Algiers to Trieste, which
has become his speciality - to sell to the Vatican. Exhausted by alcohol and amphetamines, he revisits the violent history
of the Zone and his own participation in that violence, beginning as a mercenary fighting for a far-right Croatian militia
in the 1990s. One of the truly original books of the decade, and written as a single, hypnotic, propulsive, physically irresistible
sentence, Mathias Enard's Zone is an Iliad for our time, an extraordinary and panoramic view of violent conflict and its consequences
in the twentieth century and beyond.