By Carlos Luria
Madrid, 1615. Un joven recién llegado de Barcelona recorre un laberinto de calles heladas y desiertas hasta que finalmente encuentra su objetivo: l. a. depressing taberna a l. a. que acude diariamente un anciano próximo a l. a. muerte.
Miguel de Cervantes, el padre del Quijote.
El joven tiene una misión: entregar al escritor una misteriosa y antigua arqueta. A cambio, Cervantes deberá contarle lo que ocurrió cuarenta años atrás, cuando period un hidalgo perseguido que se refugió en Barcelona en su camino hacia el exilio. Empieza así un apasionante recorrido por l. a. etapa más enigmática de l. a. vida de Cervantes, los seis días que pasó en una Ciudad Condal convulsa y amenazada por el Imperio otomano; seis dramáticos días que cambiarán l. a. vida del escritor para siempre…
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And I wouldn’t say he is a soft man . . ” He shrugged, not seeming to mind the insult. “That may be, and yet I won’t allow liars on board this ship. ” Will took a deep breath while he thought about how much to say. ” Will had the strange feeling that Mr. Mattison could read his thoughts. It was a new feeling and one he didn’t care for, but he didn’t dare lie. “They said I had robbed a lord . . but I didn’t . . I swear. ” Will hadn’t really thought about it before, but the answer was clear. “’Cause who’d care about me?
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