No digas que fue un sueño / No diguis que va ser un somni
Novel , 1986
No digas que fue un sueño is a novel about all the phases of love, framed in a fascinating historical time period: the death throes of Egypt are being threatened by the imperialism of the almighty Rome. But it is, above all, an attempt to claim the figure of one of the most fascinating women in history: Queen Cleopatra the Seventh.
Often badly represented by the cinema, Cleopatra stands out in this novel as an original and contradictory character. She is no longer the typical devourer of men, but a cultivated woman, maternal, in love and, above all, completely devoted to politics. She’s surrounded by the avatars of the mythical city of Alexandria and the ruins of an Egypt that is perishing.
Through the love of Antonio and Cleopatra, the author presents a precious altarpiece of classical antiquity, making the reader travel to Athens, Rome, Antioch, Judea and, of course to the Upper Nile. Among many other characters, we can find Totmés, a young priest of Isis, Cesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, Augustus, the implacable Roman emperor set on becoming the owner of the world, and Octavia, his noble sister, an example of dedication and strength. With these characters, history and fiction come together to present a splendid altarpiece about love, death and the fall of empires; subjects that are dear to the author.
"For Terenci Moix, Cleopatra's Egypt is a pop dream." Marco Cicala, Il Vendredì