He could see himself in a crevasse, with “the Styx – one of the rivers of the underworld – beneath my feet. I remember seeing the roots of trees from below and hearing distant voices from time to time.” This is the story of awakening Vittorio Emanuele Parsithe political scientist and professor at the Catholic University who fell ill on December 27th while giving a speech on stage in Cortina d’Ampezzo.