Considered by some as controversial and contentious, Peruvian writer Jaime Bayly shed those adjectives Tuesday to present a socially committed story of friendship at Bogota Book Fair.
Under the title "Y de Repente un Angel", the outstanding writer makes literature of the personal story of an illiterate servant of his family who was sold by her mother into slavery.
Although she never read a book, Mercedes is a smart woman, the author assured. "When she told me about her life I felt she was a novel character and I decided to pay homage to her through literature," he added
The 244-page volume refers to the friendship between Mercedes and her new master, a young and rich writer who intends to change her life.
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