News of A Kidnapping

News of A Kidnapping

Book - 1996
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Consumed these past twenty years by a "biblical holocaust," Colombia has endured leftist insurgencies, right-wing death squads, currency collapses, cholera epidemics, and, most recently and corrosively, drug trafficking. Returning to his days as a reporter for El Espectador, Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicles, with consummate skill, the period in late 1990 when Colombian security forces mounted a nationwide manhunt for Pablo Escobar, the ruthless and elusive head of the Medellin cartel. Ten men and women were abducted by Escobar's henchmen and used as bargaining chips against extradition to the United States. From the testimonies and diaries of the survivors, Garcia Marquez reconstructs their bizarre ordeal with cinematic intensity, breathtaking language, and rigor. We are drawn into a world that, like some phantasmagorical setting in a great Garcia Marquez novel, we can scarcely believe exists'but that continually shocks us with its cold, hard reality.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, c1996.
ISBN: 9780140269444
0140269444
9780375400513
0375400516
Characteristics: 291 p. ;,20 cm.

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rpavlacic
Jan 14, 2016

Brilliant account of what happened in 1990 when Pablo Escobar kidnapped 10 persons on Colombia's A-list in a brazen attempt to avoid being extradited to the US. Tells the story of several of the victims from their personal perspective, what happened to them, and how Escobar managed to pull a fast one on his country's authorities when he finally agreed to turn himself in. Well written, with an eye on the media and their role in the crisis as well.

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1aa
Oct 07, 2015

A fast-paced account of the many kidnappings in the early 1990's in Columbia. The chapters were originally published in newspapers, and the whole tone reflects that.

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