March The Ninth, by Ray Coryton Hutchinson (1907 – 1975), is a novel set in post war Trieste, which explores the problems of identity, loyalty and guilt.
Eugen Reichenbach, an Austrian doctor, is working in a bureaucratic and unproductive job as an adviser for Health and Nutritional Co-ordination.
He had fled with his family to America before the War and forged a successful career in the States but he is beginning to feel the tug of his European roots.
In Trieste Eugen finds a city ill at ease, torn between Italy and Tito's republic. Then an unexpected meeting with a childhood friend re-awakens his youthful idealism and leads to a series of events which will change his tranquil existence.
Published by The Companion Book Club in 1957.
Book is in good condition. Binding intact. Dust jacket is slightly torn.