In the country of Nod, east de] Garden of Eden, where the progeny of Caine went to live according to the biblical legend and that in the novel by John Steinbeck symbolically corresponds to the valley traveled by the Salinas river in northern California, the stories of Two families, the Hamilton and the Trasks. Protagonists of the saga, which goes from the civil war to the First World War, on one side the old Samuel Hamilton, immigrant from Ireland; and from the other, Cyrus transk together with the Adam and Charles sons, and to the grandchildren Aron and Caleb, twins born from the mysterious Cathy Ames, reincarnation of Eva and Satan at the same time, emblem of evil in the world, with which everyone in the Course of the long story must measure themselves. Posted in the United States in 1952 and now re-proposed in the new translation of Maria Baocchi and Anna Tagliavini, "La Valle dell'Aden" is the novel in which Steinbeck created his most fascinating characters and explored his recurring themes more thoroughly: The mystery of identity, the ineffability of love and the tragic consequences of lack of affection. At the same time a family saga and modern transposition of myth, "The valley of Eden" is the masterpiece of Steinbeck's maturity, from which in 1955 Elia Kazan has taken the homonymous film with James Dean. Introduction by Luigi Sampietro.