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The Dark Bride

by Laura Restrepo

Sights, sounds and smells of the Columbian jungle pervade this extraordinary story of poverty, prostitution, love and survival. This is not the wealthy world of Isabelle Allende, this is harsh reality.

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'"Prostitutas", like bullfighters, try to ease their sorrows with superstitions', Todos los Santos assures me. 'One of their many beliefs says that the man who breaks a woman in marks her life from then on. That’s why the selection of the first client was a delicate matter and why a melancholy man would be rejected, for example, or a glutton or a sick man. All the pains, of the body and the soul, are transmitted through the sheets.'
Translated by Stephen Lytle

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The Quiet American - the film
 

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