The son of a general in the pre-war Hungarian army, Ádám
Topporczy had enjoyed a golden youth. Family estates, Transylvanian
maids, a free-and-easy life among the chattering classes of
Budapest, an affair with a famous actress,…
Albert Telldro is a diplomat, ambassador, comfortable, and educated man. He demands the respect he deserves. He represents his European country in a small African country, then when the rebels approach to get the power he stays there alone representing the countries of the European Union. He is sent to a hostage-rescuing action but he gets captured too. Though they expect ransome for him too, treat him badly: they torture him, make him suffer, almost execute him. They kill his one and only hostage companion. The man of respect up until then gets down to his capturers’ level within days and take over their ways so he manages to escape. When he thinks he is safe, they capture him again and at that time he himself shed blood.
We can see from the novel how an educated man becomes foully within terrible circumstances until he loses his human nature and starts to behave as an animal hoping to survive. We’ll become witnesses how a man like that survives horrible times. He does everything to get to the small country of his dreams Togo, because he can only become human again there.