Mirror of Misery
Mauro Zuñiga introduces us, at the hands of a prostitute, to the world of unbridled passions where anything can happen; but essentially, Mirror of Misery is the story of a conflict that the author approaches with firmness and courage. Social pressures versus moral principles. Is it possible to leave this underworld? What are dignity's limits? Sensuality and eroticism circulate through the novel. More
Omayra grows up In El Cerrito, a prison of impotence, despair, pain and sadness. To withstand her drunken father's physical abuse, she takes refuge in school, where she learns that she shares her prison with other children. She would have been brutally raped, except that her brother saves her by killing their father.
Still believing in love, she marries a good man and leaves all the misery behind. A few months of ecstasy follow, but his unspeakable past catches up with him and she's quite surprised when he starts abusing her. Meanwhile, her brother gets murdered.
Heartbroken, she musters the courage to leave her husband and moves back with her mother. Leaving El Cerrito is crucial, but without an education, her chances approach zero.
She is determined to hold on to her moral values, but soon finds herself down the dreaded road to immorality. She knows the cost is her dignity, self-esteem and self-respect. With every step she takes down that road she promises the Virgin Mary that it will be the last one. As she constantly tries to turn back, her mother's demands for money are increasingly greater.
Omayra makes a lot of money as an immigrant prostitute, but she feels dead and freedom is the only thing that can revive her dead body. However, first she must escape her dominant mother's manipulation.
Set in Latin America in the 70s, 80s and early 90s, MIRROR OF MISERY takes us on a trip to the dangerous underworld of prostitution and crime where victims survive by becoming predators.