It is no wonder that of the Commedia’s three sections, it is the one that graces the cover of this riveting novel, Purgatario, that really interests economist Vincenzo d’Orsi. After all, having quit his job as a senior executive at the World Bank, he finds himself in a special kind of purgatory. While exploring the parameters for a new job, the widower tries his best to renew a shaky relationship with his grown daughter. Not surprisingly, reality is sobering. As Vincenzo soon realizes, you can either save the world or you can save yourself. Unfortunately, it is an either-or proposition.