On August 7, 2022, Gustavo Petro Urrego became the first left-wing president of the Republic of Colombia. In the days leading up to the election process, the autobiographical profile Una vida, muchas vidas (One life, many lives) sent waves through Colombia's publishing market. It depicts a dominant, charismatic leader, reminiscent of the caudillismo (authoritarian leadership) that runs through Latin American history, but one with a markedly different political agenda: social equality, democratic participation, and an end to environmental destruction for economic gain—in short, the voice of the Global South.