Jane Austen – Lady Susan

The art of planning the heart

This is a ruthless epistolary novel, apparently with no way out, and a symptom of the long, dark days of women’s condition in the western world. Lady Susan moves in bourgeois circles behaving like a pretentious courtesan and showing herself to be a scheming, manipulative woman who is ready to sacrifice everything for self interest, even her daughter.
Shame about the moralistic and implausible “out of epistolary” ending, which was certainly a form of self-censorship imposed on the author by the society of that time. It still remains, however, an enjoyable story and the character is a forerunner of those many dark ladies which would be best described by Henry James and Edith Wharton.

Translation by Michela Veneri (edited by Ester Tossi)

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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).