Young and intrepid Miguel de Cervantes intends to lead a life full of great feats to feel proud about and also be praised for when he talks about them in the future. Thus he arrives at the battle of Lepanto and, from there, he wi...
Young and intrepid Miguel de Cervantes intends to lead a life full of great feats to feel proud about and also be praised for when he talks about them in the future. Thus he arrives at the battle of Lepanto and, from there, he will leave in search of new adventures. However, all too soon he will meet don Juan de Austria, who will impose on him the toughest of challenges for someone who lives in a world of words: to keep silent. Condemned to keep quiet about his achievements as a soldier and a spy, and having lost his left hand in the only battle he can talk about, he grows older, troubled and more disappointed. There is just one thing that gives him hope: to dream that, someday, he will be able to tell everything.
Neither Cervantes nor his work ever gave up. Both have survived the passage of time because of their braveness, their ideals and their eternal importance, and that is precisely what Blanca Bravo proposes with her novel. A novel of rigorous historical documentation, it blends truth with fiction in a hymn to the beauty of defeat and a tribute to the author and soldier who is now known throughout the world for his colossal novel, Don Quixote.
There are few novels about a figure as famous as Cervantes and, without a doubt, none like this one: with a young and adventurous Cervantes as protagonist. The title refers to the two hands of someone who only had one, but who used it to write the greatest novel in Spanish literature.