The story of your life is not your life; it is your story.
John Barth (1930–), American novelist and short-story writer
ONLY MOMENTS BEFORE a Catholic priest managed to deliver him from the firing squad, 17-year-old merchant Isaías Fermín Fitzgerald López must have reflected on the absurd irony of having survived being stabbed by bandit Benigno Izaguirre, only to be faced with death once again. Two close shaves in less than a year should have been enough to convince anyone to opt for a quiet life. But Isaías Fermín was a precocious young man of unusual resolve, imposing physique and inexhaustible energy. After ...