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The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter

Adolphe Danziger de Castro and Ambrose Bierce

Book Overview: 

A tragic but captivating tale of a naive young Franciscan monk in the 17th century. Told from his point of view, he describes being sent to a remote monastery in Germany along with several others of his order and their travel through strange new territories. Meeting the local hangman's daughter, who is shunned and despised by the local populace because of her father's occupation, he is overcome with Christian concern for her misery and wants to protect her. The conflict between his desire for her spiritual welfare and what can only be called more earthy desires eventually causes great distress and problems for himself and the girl. There were actually two authors: Ambrose Bierce and Adolph de Castro.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then I knew better than she could have told me whose child she was.

When I returned to my companions and they asked me who the girl was, I answered: 'The hangman's daughter.'

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Having commended the soul of the dead man to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin and the Holy Saints, we left the accursed spot, but as we withdrew I looked back at the lovely child of the hangman. She stood where I had left her, looking after us. Her fair white brow was still crowned with the wreath of primroses, which gave an added charm to her wonderful beauty of feature and expression, and her large, dark eyes shone like the stars of a winter midnight. My companions, to whom the hangman's daughter was a most unchristian object, reproved me for the interest that I manifested in her; but it made me sad to think this sweet and beautiful child was shunned and despised through no fault of her own. Why should she be made to suffer blame because of her father's dreadful . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Asked by a contemporary to translate this novella to English (from yet another translation to German), Ambrose took it upon himself to add some of his own spice to the mix. Ironically, that very contemporary whom Ambrose was asked by, disclosed later that that original author had told him that th...more

Yazarın önsözünden anladığım kadarıyla, bu hikâyenin kökeni Baverya Alplerindeki bir Fransisken Manastırı’nda bulunan el yazmasına dayanıyormuş. Richard Voss’un buna dayanarak yazdığı öyküden (muhtemelen “Der Mönch von Berchtesgaden” / 1891) yapılan çeviriyi, bir dostu düzeltmesi için Ambrose Bie...more

The Monk and the Hangmans daughter by Ambrose Bierce. A short novel which is written in a first person diary from, its the diary of a young monk called Ambrosius. The story follows Ambrosius' pilgrimage and on his journey he meets the hangman's daughter. The rest of the story follows his subseque...more

I found this in an antique bookseller. Originally published in the late 19th century (my copy is a 1967 print), it tells a story of a young Franciscan monk in pre-enlightenment Germany, who takes pity on the local hangman’s daughter, a figure who by nature of her father’s occupation is a social o...more

My, my, my. So this is Ambrose Bierce. A twist of fate, a twist of a knife. A well-intentioned monk overcome by desire makes a fatal mistake when judging another’s character. Things aren’t as they seem; they rarely are. Interesting. Somewhat predictable. Whatever else you do, if you should get yo...more

Este es otro de esos libros que he comprado únicamente por el trabajo visual de Santiago Caruso, aunque me gusta mucho también el trabajo de Bierce. No lo había leído anteriormente "El monje y la hija del verdugo", aunque me daba la impresión de que no iba a ser algo típico a lo que ya he leído e...more

Literary device: cognitive dissonance/ irony

4.5/5

Hermosa edición, preciosas ilustraciones, traducción cuidadísima. Un relato sobrecogedor pero al mismo tiempo muy poético que te hace leerlo con una rapidez extraordinaria.

Όμορφη ιστορία, μακριά όμως από ύφος του Μπηρς (φαντάσματα, μάγισσες κλπ κλπ)...

Μέσω της ιστορίας και της αφήγησης του Μοναχού Αμβρόσιου, ο συγγραφέας μιλάει για την θρησκεία, την πίστη, τον έρωτα και την λογική.

Νοήματα δοσμένα με απλό τρόπο, πανέμορφες περιγραφές και χαρακτήρες βγαλ...more

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