I have just finished reading this book. It was published back in 1896 and i presume then in italian. The then recent vogue for spiritualism surely got it translated into english and then published in the english language in 1901.
The text was channeled by A. Farnese. This means he used automatic writing in concert with the spirit Franchezzo.
What is remarkable is that it is long before our recent rediscovery of near death experiences and all that. This has all been dismissed in the past by most of he population.
Better yet this is an important informant as we discover what is done to recover the truly lost where possible. Franchezzo himself is started on the recovery path because he had fallen in love while alive and wanted to improve on what he hade done to date with his life. That recovery path means that he must himself help those wanting the same thing. In the process he himself advances to progressively higher level and also reconnects with his beloved still living.
This happens to be an unexpected twist in the architecture of the after life that had not been obvious but is now so. The hell he passes through is Dantean in its own way as expected from an imagination informed by Dante.
A Wanderer in the Spirit Lands