By Javier Moro
El 30 de noviembre de 1803, una corbeta zarpa del puerto de l. a. Coruña entre vítores y aplausos. En su interior viajan veintidós niños huérfanos cuya misión consiste en llevar los angeles recién descubierta vacuna de la viruela a los territorios de Ultramar. Los acompaña Isabel Zendal, encargada de cuidarlos. Los héroes de esta descabellada expedición, dirigida por el médico Francisco Xavier Balmis y su ayudante Josep Salvany, sobrevivirán a temporales y naufragios, se enfrentarán a l. a. oposición del clero, a l. a. corrupción de los oficiales y a l. a. codicia de quienes buscan lucrarse a costa de los desamparados. Si al ultimate esta aventura se convirtió en los angeles mayor proeza humanitaria de los angeles Historia, se debió no sólo al coraje de aquellos niños que se vieron abocados a salvar las vidas de tantísima gente, sino también al arrojo de los dos directores, hombres sin miedo que se disputaron el amor de los angeles única mujer a bordo. A raíz del descubrimiento de los angeles identidad de Isabel Zendal, Javier Moro, autor de Pasión india y El imperio eres tú, reconstruye una prodigiosa epopeya de l. a. mano de un personaje femenino inolvidable. Los protagonistas de A flor de piel, desgarrados entre los angeles pasión de salvar al mundo y l. a. necesidad de salvarse a sí mismos, son como luces en el horizonte oscuro del ultimate de una época.
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A flor de piel by Javier Moro