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: It is New Year's Eve, 1969: the narrator, an internationally renowned writer in his forties. A self-proclaimed Don Juan who is faithful only to literature (he says to himself), he meets the beautiful American movie actress Diana Soren at a party and is fascinated by her oddly elusive charm. To love her blond beauty is to love an image coveted by thousands, and it is to experience a passion that must be turned into art. But infatuation becomes doomed pursuit as Diana spurns him, as she flees enigmatically into an intrigue of paranoia and the FBI, sexual jealousy and Black Panthers, and as the impassioned narrator is forced to reconsider the foundations of his life as a writer.