It’s the most intense year: seven episodes that unfold in Latin America (the end of Caribbean Suite and Mare d’Oro, Beyond the Windy Isles, and Sweet Dream Lagoon), followed by four stories set in Europe (the beginning of The Celts): Corto is averaging an adventure a month, from February to December.
The 11 episodes of 1917
So Much for Gentlemen of Fortune, in which Corto runs into Rasputin again in the Antilles, on the island of Saint Kitts.
The Seagull’s Fault, which unfolds in British Honduras (now Belize).
Mushroom Heads (the first chapter of Beyond the Windy Isles), set in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Banana Conga, set in Honduras and heralding the appearance of Venexiana Stevenson. Esmeralda turns up as well (Corto met her in Buenos Aires when she was just a child, and her mother, “Parda Flora,” loved him).
Voodoo for the President takes place in Barbados (Antilles) and then on the island of Port Ducal, which cannot be found on a map, but according to Pratt is located to the southwest of Guadalupe.
Sweet Dream Lagoon is set in the Orinoco Delta.
A Tale of Two Grandfathers takes us to the Amazon Forest in Peru.
The Angel in the Window to the Orient, the first chapter of The Celts, is entirely set in Venice.
Under the Flag of Gold bears an October date for the Battle of Caporetto on October 24, 1917, when Corto meets Ernest Hemingway, who is working as an ambulance driver. The story unfolds on the Adriatic Sea and then at Ulcinj in Montenegro.
Concert in O Minor for Harp and Nitroglycerin is set in Dublin, Ireland.
A Midwinter Morning’s Dream takes place in England, at Stonehenge and perhaps also in Tintagel, around the 21st of December, Winter Solstice, for the very reason that Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream occurs on the 24th of June, the Feast of Saint John, when the Summer Solstice is celebrated.