Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the "source of the Alchemy Rose" and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This complexly plotted graphic novel was among Hugo Pratt's most philosophical ruminations on the imagination. Series winner of the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. "Classic adventure comics for adults, enjoyable but with depth. Strongly recommended." Library Journal "Pratt's tales are like coming home to an entire oeuvre of fables you've never known existed but have always been waiting to read...I can guarantee that Corto Maltese will quickly become one of your most beloved protagonists." Alex Mangles, tor.com Series Overview: Book 9 in a continuing 12volume collection of the complete Corto Maltese stories by Hugo Pratt.