Different Sea by Magris Claudio
Early this century Enrico a young intellectual leaves the city of Gorizia with its abundant population and culture to spend several years living on the Patagonian pampas alone with his ancient Greek texts his flocks and every now and then a woman. He has been taught by his closest friend Carlo a philosopher/poet who commits suicide in his early twenties to search for an authentic life free of social falsehoods. But in his search for this unattainable goal Enrico destroys every chance he has of a normal existence. This is portrait of a world in ferment a decaying empire shaken by war and revolution and a life-long search for meaning.