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September 6, 1978.

Pope John Paul I, the newly ordained pope who did not seek his election, the friend of poverty and prayer, receives Metropolitan Nicodemus of Leningrad at the Vatican. They talk alone for a long time.

The metropolitan dies suddenly in the hands of the pope. After this event the pope declares sibylically: "Never until now have I heard such beautiful discourses about the Church. I cannot repeat them. They remain a secret."

Twenty days later, the pope also suddenly takes his last breath...

Vladimir Volkov, on the canvas of this true event, weaves a breathtaking novel.

How random were the two deaths? What did the two church figures discuss? What is the role of the KGB and the Italian mafia? And the Italian aristocrats? The corrupt cardinals?

A fascinating novel about the darkness of human futility, but also about the light of God's love!