Murderess, the : A Social Tale, by Alexandros Papadiamandis

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Papdiamandis tells the story of Hadoula, a widow with adult children, who has convinced herself that it is better little girls should leave this life when young so that they and their parents should not suffer the trials that inevitably should be inflicted on them by an inequitable society. In the throes of this misguided compassion she first murders her own granddaughter and afterwards finds herself set on a course she is unable to stop despite the promptings of her conscience and her awareness of the consequences.

Murderess, the : A Social Tale, by Alexandros Papadiamandis

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"The Murderess" first appeared in 1903 and is considered Papadiamandis's finest work. Set on his native island it tells the story of Hadoula, a widow with adult children, who has convinced herself that it is better little girls should leave this life when young so that they and their parents should not suffer the trials that inevitably should be inflicted on them by an inequitable society. In the throes of this misguided compassion she first murders her own granddaughter and afterwards finds herself set on a course she is unable to stop despite the promptings of her conscience and her awareness of the consequences.

Papdiamandis charts this course and the events in her life that preceded it, and against a background of the island's verdant and untrodden places and the living presence of the Church he explores the particular quality evil has of disguising itself as good, but without passing judgement on the murderess herself.

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Series Romiosyni Series
Author Alexandros Papadiamandis
Pages 120
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 155
Height (mm) 240

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