'I want to live': Amanda Knox speaks from Italian prison
Amanda Knox, the young American convicted of the sex-murder of a British student in Italy, has spoken of her longing for freedom and her career hopes, according to extracts from a new book published Sunday.
Knox is quoted as saying she dreams of becoming a mother and a writer and the book contains two nostalgia-filled poems that refer to a homecoming and escapism from a grim reality into a world of dreams and memories.
She also says that the chaplain in her prison in Perugia has told her she could become a nun because of the sincerity with which she reads her prayers, even though she admits she is not religious and has not been baptised.
"I miss my family. I have friends who are like brothers and sisters to me. I want to live," she is quoted as saying in an Italian-language book entitled "Take Me With You: Talks with Amanda Knox in Prison" and to be published October 19.
"I would like to marry later on and I have to find the right person. But one thing I have always wanted is to adopt a child," she says in another passage.
Exclusive extracts from the book were published in Italian by ANSA news agency. Knox's lawyer could not be reached to confirm the statements.
The book is by Italian lawmaker Rocco Girlanda, president of the Italy-USA Foundation, who has visited Knox frequently in prison.
In the book, ANSA reported, Knox is not quoted making any explicit references to her case, which is due to go to an appeal hearing on November 24.
"I know I have not always been understandable and that I was guided for too long by stubborn ingenuity which created confusion," she says in one passage.
Knox was sentenced in December 2009 to 26 years in prison for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent.
The Seattle native has repeatedly protested her innocence and has accused police of beating and intimidating her during questioning after the murder.
Kercher was found on November 2, 2007, semi-nude in a pool of blood with stab wounds to the neck in her room in the cottage she shared with Knox.
Knox's then Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and a man from Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, were also convicted of the murder.
In the book, Knox refers to violence against women in universities, saying: "Sometimes girls remain very psychologically damaged by it.
"I've spoken to girls who unfortunately have had these experiences. They feel a sense of guilt and at the same time hatred towards everyone."
She also speaks of her dreams of becoming a writer and says she has been given 200 books and access to a computer in prison.
© 2010 AFP