By Robert Harris
El cónsul Cicerón, republicano convencido, tiene poderosos enemigos dispuestos a acabar con él. Uno de ellos se llama César...
Excelente recreación novelada de uno de los episodios más apasionantes de l. a. historia de Roma, protagonizado por un Cicerón que ha de hacer frente a los angeles perfidia y astucia de enemigos de l. a. talla de Catilina o del propio César. El autor reconstruye con gran rigor todo el entramado de intrigas y corrupciones que imperaban en l. a. Roma del sixty three AC, y cómo el cónsul Cicerón desbarata l. a. conjura de Catilina y se convierte en el salvador de l. a. República. Sin embargo, César, que logra salir indemne de los angeles conspiración, se alía con Craso y con el triunfador basic Pompeyo para neutralizar el Senado. los angeles República tiene los días contados, y Cicerón, forzado al exilio, dispone de un solo día para abandonarlo todo y salvar su vida.
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