By Alexandra Risley
Cawnpore, India, 1857. Después de cien años de dominación, Inglaterra aún sigue saqueando las inmensas riquezas de los angeles India. Los cipayos –el ejército de nativos que los británicos usan para someter a otros nativos, para despojarlos de sus tierras, para enfrentarlos a sus ancestrales tradiciones– están a punto de rebelarse con el apoyo de los maharajás destituidos.
A esa tierra maravillosa y convulsionada, crispada y fascinante, llega Abigail Fortescue para casarse con Henry Wilcotts, el hombre que conoció en su adolescencia, por el que guarda un profundo afecto, a quien hace años que no ve. Allí también conocerá al capitán Ballard, el hombre capaz de evitar el paso de l. a. rebelión al baño de sangre, con quien tendrá una inesperada complicidad que dará paso a un vínculo apasionado.
Amo los angeles India desde que puse un pie aquí: los angeles simplicidad de su gente, el Ganges, las insólitas montañas, pero no todos podemos amar algo que es tan susceptible, porque corremos el riesgo de volvernos vulnerables también.
En su tercera novela, Alexandra Risley vuelve a narrar con maestría las miserias de un imperio decadente en l. a. historia de Abigail y de Simon, dos personas capaces de inventar su propio destino.
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Landlord, a schnapps! S E C O N D PEASANT Will you buy him right away? BAAL The one that has the strongest loins. T H I R D PEASANT They'll be bringing in bulls from eleven villages for the price you're offering. BAAL 3o Baal FIRST PEASANT Take a look at my bull! Landlord, another schnapps! THE PEASANTS My bull is the best! Tomorrow evening, you say ? ( They begin to leave) Are you spending the night here ? BAAL Yes. I n a bed! ( The peasants go) EKART Just what are you trying to do? Have you gone crazy ?