MARCELLO DELL’ANNA has spent most of his life in prison. He was sentenced to the sentence of ergastolo ostativo (life sentence without possibility of adjustment) at the age of 23, when he was one of the leaders of the Sacra Corona Unita (Italian mafia based in the Apulia region).

Marcello Dell’Anna accepted an epistolary exchange with the Swiss journalist Laurence Bolomey and a regular publication on Prison Insider.

I, on the other hand, pray to God for a better fate…

Human nature is not always beautiful on the outside – far from it – but it can become horrible within empty walls.

Each one of us – you, me, the people around us – need words that make us feel good inside; that reduce fatigue and discomfort; that whisper fragments of life to the soul.