Carlos Wynter Melo
The main character of this story goes to the bus station every day searching for meaning in life. It is there where she unexpectedly meets a woman without a memory who asks her to construct a past for her.
Inevitably, for both of them, looking into the past means remembering the loss of a father, boyfriend and friends who were victims of the repression. The United States' invasion of Panama, the resistance and deaths have left their mark on recent history under circumstances where lies play an important role in survival. Reconstructing their memories becomes the only path to redemption.
Will they find meaning in life and discover and accept their true selves? Impure is the story of two women, but it is also the story of a country that, like them, must make peace with its past.
152 pp.Price: $10.95
Carlos Oriel Wynter Melo was born in Panama in 1971. In 2007 he was recognized as one of the most important young storytellers in Latin America during the Bogotá 39 event. In 2011 he participated in the Guadalajara International Book Fair as one of the Literary Secrets of Latin America. His stories have won him the National "José María Sánchez" Award (1998), third place in the National "Ignacio Valdés" Short Story Contest (2005) and an honorable mention for the Central American "Rogelio Sinán" Award (2010). Impure is his second novel.