Ambrose Bierce – The Monk And The Hangman’s Daughter



Damages of Religious Manichaeism

Bierce gives the best of himself in this short novel presented as the diary of a novice who, despite his religion, experiences the irresistible charm of an innocent and lively girl so far as to desire an unearthly liberation from it. An excellent example of the intellectual ruin that bad religion can make of a pure soul, it is captivating from the very beginning, and carefully leads you through the religious delirium of the protagonist, making you grow fond of him and his small rebellions before revealing the darkest creases of his soul. Not a masterpiece, but a novel that is worth reading.

Translation by Anna Anzani (edited by Chiara Canova and Robert Mardle)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).