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M.J.K’s One Hundred Talks on Mary Jane Kelly-bookcover

By: João Borges da Cunha

M.J.K’s One Hundred Talks on Mary Jane Kelly

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In the late spring of 2019, I suffered an accident that put me in a deep coma for days. The details of the event are yet to be clearly explained, since I developed a retrograde amnesia, which doesn't let me remember the previous moments and thus fully recall it. However, the raw facts go like this: I woke up in the middle of the night, in the seaside house where I had travelled for the weekend, went outside and fell out of a nearby three storey balcony on the asphalt in the street. When I came out of the coma, I was diagnosed with a gash in the carotid artery on the right side of my neck.

It immediately came to my mind that what provoked Mary Jane Kelly's death, the last victim of the so-called Whitechapel murders in 1888 committed by Jack the "Ripper" (a sobriquet never mentioned across this book) was precisely the same injury as a result of aggression, although many barbaric ones had been perpetrated on her. Of all the canonical Ripper murders, Mary Jane Kelly's is considered the most gruesome, and also puzzling, of them all. During the long weeks I passed in bed following my accident, Mary Jane Kelly invaded my thoughts and gave me company, offering me talks on herself, always in the form of poems and verses. That's the genesis of this book.

João Borges da Cunha was born in 1973, in Lisbon, Portugal, where he has been based ever since. He has written fiction, poetry and drama, for which he was awarded a literary prize by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He holds a degree in architecture, which he also teaches at the university level. He’s a scholar of culture. This is his first original, entirely written in English. He is a ‘Mary-Jane-Kellyist’. Not a ‘Ripperologist’.

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  • Eliza Frankfurt

    Every Ripper has to read it. Very good!

  • P. Colunas

    A Profound Exquisite Charm, to feel.
    "...Master Builder. (...) Call me Emma Belle.(...) See that building, it looks like my mother, ..., no other..(...) I'm simply Mary ". A very good reading.

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