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The second volume in the Into Their Labours trilogy, Once in Europa is a luminous collection of interwoven stories which serves as a portrait of two worlds--a small Alpine village bound to the earth and by tradition, and the restless, future-driven culture that will inevitably invade it. The instrument of entrapment is love: the passion of a willful shepherd for a shrewd bourgeois housewife; of a vital young woman for a dashing Russian who has come to work in the local factory; of a steadfast son for his aged mother. Lives are lost and hearts are broken, and always love is a transcending form of grace.