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Rachel lives all alone in an old cliff house. She hasn’t seen her parents in a long while and she doesn’t know any other kid to play with. Her room is full of skeletons, anatomical preparations, stuffed dead animals and other weird artefacts. One day, three of these objects come to life, giving Rachel three friends: a stuffed crocodile, a rabbit skeleton and an anatomical doll. Despite this bizarre company, she is very lonely. Until one night she discovers an incredible truth about herself...The first book of the series focused on the world of inaccurate sciences, Rachel tells the tragic story of a small spectre, imprisoned for years in a limbo between life and death called the Swedenborg Chamber. The main character is inspired by the real-life figure of Rachel Ruysch (1664 – 1750), who lived in the Netherlands, daughter of Frederik Ruysch, an anatomist known for his preparations. Giacomo Leopardi turned her into one of the characters in the Operette Morali, featuring in the “Dialogue between Frederik Ruysch and his mummies”, a grotesque conversation between the anatomist and some of his preparations, regarding the presumed pain felt in death, in the precise moment when the soul detaches from the body. Drawing inspiration from Leopardi’s text, Stefano Bessoni reconsiders Rachel’s figure and turns her into a creature suspended between life and death, waiting for the moment in which the final transition to the after world will take place.
ISBN 9788857609416. Logos Illustrati.