Serenata a Soraya


Is that a portrait of Sophia Loren?

My best translation of the cover text is:

Two young men, a painter and a poet, waited for the ship “Constitution” with the ex-empress Soraya on board, in a small boat . The painter had his picture titled “The Sad Princess,” and the poet an ode to her. They hoped to be noticed and invited on board, but the sea was so strong the small ship was tipped over, the two men swam for their lives, and the picture sank. By then Constitution was very far…