This theme is tied to the seafaring, exotic adventures of Corto Maltese, indefatigable explorer and maritime wanderer.
Hugo Pratt being a good Venetian, the sea is an integral part of his imaginative world. This subject is tied to Pratt’s love of travel and of travel writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway…
Pratt, who loved to quote Montaigne’s “One should always have one’s boots on and be ready to leave,” puts Treasure Island, Stevenson’s masterpiece, in picture form.
But it is above all with the famed “Una Ballata del Mare Salato” that the author gives us his best work, appropriating the world of islands and oceans.