First published in 1956, the novel Etruscan by Finnish author Mika Waltari begins around 480 B.C., and the story takes us on the spiritual journey of a young man named Lars Turms as he adventures through Ancient Greece to Sicily, Rome and, finally, Tuscany, searching for the meaning of life. He gradually becomes aware of his immortality and his duties to the future. Although set in ancient civilization, the book poses many of life's existential questions asked to this day, and the reader will find timeless answers to these timeless questions through the main character.
Lars Turm's troubles begin after having abducted Arsinoe, the wanton priestess of Eryx, as he followed her to whatever lands promised her wealth and luxury. But when she falls in love with another, he is forced to flee... and find a destiny beyond his wildest expectations and powers.