The angel with a very strange name "Devil" is visiting old Austrian village trying to "improve" villagers living. But the reality is not what it seamed............. Very profound philosophical satire with lots of uncanny predictions.
The first great fantasy novel ever written. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis are but successors to William Morris. Tale of quest, adventure, magic and war set in an invented age and in the invented world of the author's own imagination. Lots of very old-fashioned archaic English.