The Life of Anselm, an architect, is rich in events and images against the background of a quaint medieval city. What inspires the protagonist? Disregarding his life at a horizontal landmark level for the sake of creating his own Vertical of Spirit. Does he make his soul like a rock trying to turn his body into bloodless stone? Like a medieval European minstrel’s song, the novel plunges the reader into a whirlwind of flamboyant situations.