Paolo Rumiz is the special correspondent for the Piccolo newspaper in Trieste and an editorial writer for the paper la Repubblica. He is an expert on the subject of Heimat and of identity in Italy and in Europe. His published writings include: Il leone di Lissa (Il Saggiatore, 2003); and, published by Feltrinelli: Tre uomini in bicicletta (with F. Altan, 2002), È Oriente (2003), La leggenda dei monti naviganti (2007), Annibale. Un viaggio (2008), L’Italia in seconda classe (2009), La cotogna di Istanbul. Ballata per tre uomini e una donna (2010), Ballata per tre uomini e una donna (2010) also in audio-book version read by Moni Ovadia, Il bene ostinato (2011), Maschere per un massacro (2011), Maledetta Cina (ebook, 2012), Trans Europa Express (2012), Morimondo (2013).
Alfredo Lacosegliaz composed the music accompanying the lyrics in the styles of the different lands where the novel is set, ranging from apocryphal songs to Bosnian melodies, with echoes of popular waltzes and sounds from the Middle East. In addition to the narrator Paolo Rumiz, the performers include: Ornella Serafini, voice; Cristina Verità, violin and voice; Daniele Furlan, clarinet; Orietta Fossati, keyboards; Alfredo Lacosegliaz, drums.