The book is called “Des destinées de l’ame” in French (“Destinies of the Soul”). This book is written by Arsène Houssaye and published in 2020 on amazon. Why this book famous and looked upon because the book’s binding is claimed to be made of human skin from a female mental patient of Dr Ludovic Bouland who died of natural disasters.
The book is also known as “The Human Skin Book” and has gained popularity due to its unusual binding. The book was allegedly bound in the skin of the deceased patient by a medical doctor named Dr. Ludovic Bouland, who was a friend of the patient and had asked her before her death for permission to use her skin for this purpose.
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Destinies of The Soul by Arsène Houssaye Summary
The author of this book gone thought a lot of pain and sadness when hey lost his loved ones in early age. In this book, he share his thoughts on what happens after we die, and how they see things.
Author looks into many different religions, talked to lots of different people, and thought about what they learned. But what makes this book special is that the author speaks from the heart, and shares their own feelings as well as what they learned from others.
Arsene worked on this book for a long time, and it’s clear that he has put a lot of thought and care into it.
Arsène Houssaye Biography
Arsène Houssaye was a French writer who lived from 1815 to 1896. He wrote novels, poems, and other literary works during his lifetime, and is known for his contributions to French literature.
Who was Dr Ludovic Bouland in Mystery of Destinies of The Soul?
Des destinees de l’ame (Destinies of the Soul) was placed in Houghton Library since the 1930s. The author, Arsense, saud that he has gave the book to his friend Dr Ludovic Bouland who is a medical doctor.
When his friend recieved the book, it is come to sources that he bound the book with skin from the body of an unknown female, whose death is caused by natural disasters.
Bill Lane, the director of the Harvard Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics said that ” The analytical data, taken together with the provenance of Des destinees de l’ame, make it very unlikely that the source could be other than human “.
This form of binding books in human skins is there since 16th. century and its known as anthropodermic bibliopegy . There are alot of cases from 19th century f the bodies of executed criminals being donated to science, their skins later given to bookbinders.
According to online sources, some other tests were taken on books at the university’s law and medical school libraries revealed books bound in sheepskin.
“I had kept this piece of human skin taken from the back of a woman,” he wrote. “A book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering.”
He was a famous doctor who had received the book from his friend Houssaye in the 1880s and because Bouland was quite the bibliophile he had the book bound with human skin. It was came to research of university that skin apparently came from the back of a mental patient.
The author shares a unique and personal perspective on the mysteries of the soul and the afterlife and is a deeply touching and reflective work. The PDF version of Destinies of The Soul is available to download.