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written by Ambrose Bierce / Libros del Zorro Rojo, Spain 2011
«LORD, Savior of my soul, whither hast Thou led me?
Here am I in the culprit's tower, a condemned murderer, and tomorrow
at sunrise I shall be taken to the gallows and hanged!
For whose slays a fellow being, he shall be slain; that is the law of God and man.»
In 1680, the monastery of Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps was the setting
for the ill-fated love between a young Franciscan and the daughter of an executioner.
Two centuries later, Ambrose Bierce interpreted the sinister details of the legend
giving rise to what would be his only novel.
Guilt, terror and destruction are the basis of his tragedy.
Santiago CARUSO © 2013