Love saves? How many times have we asked you, at the same time warning the urgency of the demand and the difficulty of giving a definitive answer? And it is precisely the question that Alessandro d'Avenia arises at the opening of these pages, inviting us to walk with him looking for answers. In this book we first meet a series of women, united by the fact that they have been life companions of great artists: muse, mirrors of their concern and often writes, painter and sculptures themselves, embankments at the instinct of self-destruction, devote assistants, or Instead opponents, uninterrupted souls unable to find peace. We listen to the frustration of Fanny, which Keats magnified in verses but with which he did not know even a day of everyday life, he moves the stubbornness of Tess Gallagher, Poetess who of Raymond Carver loved everything and managed to bring a little light in the days Of his illness, he upset the desperation of Jeanne Modigliani, we admire the secrets and loving interventions by Alma Hitchcock, we share the quiet and solid energy of Edith Tolkien. Alessandro d'Avenia tries to unfold the ball of many very different love stories, and to weave the narrative wire that joins her, in a rich and iridescent warp. To do this, like a filomito, a "philosopher of myth", he turns to the archetype of every love story: Euridice and Orpheus. A myth that carries out its function of thread (and in ancient Greek to indicate "thread" and "story" two words were used very similar, mitos and mythos) because it contemplates all the stages of a love story, between the two poles Opposites of the examination (the selfishness of the poet who prefers his song) and of the love himself (self-sacrifice in the name of the other).