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News of a kidnapping (1996)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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Learned a lot about a country and contemporary historical happenings but it was a slow read. Took me a long time to finish. Not sure that I will read anything else by this author, but perhaps his nonfiction?
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  LaurieAE | Aug 22, 2013 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Es un libro con una pequeña mirada a nuestro pais, es decir, que muestra la cruda problematica del secuestro. Un buen libro que nos puede enseñar y nos puede poner a analizar, a traves de historias reales, lo que fue y es la realidad en este pais si seguimos en la misma ceguera. ( )
  AndreCataVargas | Feb 7, 2013 |
I'm a huge fan of the magic-realism writing of this author. Here Gabriel Garcia Marquez breaks away from that genre and produces an international best-seller in journalistic style. I've read that Marquez started to write based on the experience of one of his friends, but enlarged the scope of his subject matter. I would imagine that writing about the drug cartels in your own country of Columbia could be very risky.
  MarieTea | Aug 1, 2012 |
I probably would not have finished this book if I hadn't been stuck in a room for several hours with nothing else to read. Marquez is a great writer -- but I simply didn't find this one compelling. The copy attempts to sell its blend of journalistic veracity and Marquez's powerful prose, but I felt like there was more journalistic veracity than anything else. I felt as though I was reading a very long news story. The events themselves were a great tragedy, but I don't felt like they lent themselves well to a novel; in order to respect the victims, Marquez refrained from invention, and without invention, he could not delve very deeply into things like the psychological states of the victims. I don't think it compares to his other works in terms of storytelling, although its historical value is very important. ( )
  kutsuwamushi | Apr 28, 2012 |
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She looked over her shoulder before getting into the car to be sure no one was following her.
Antes de entrar en el automóvil miró por encima del hombro para estar segura de que nadie la acechaba.
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לפני שנכנסה למכונית, הציצה אל מעבר לכתפה כדי לוודא שאיש אינו אורב לה. השכה היתה שבע וחמישה בערב, בבּוֹגוֹתָה.
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During the 1980s, the government of Colombia signed a treaty with the United States allowing for the extradition of Colombian citizens. This caused a great deal of distress among the kingpins of the Medellín drug cartel. Why? Traffickers like Pablo Escobar had spent the decade exporting billions of dollars' worth of cocaine. They weren't likely to be arrested at home, but if extradited and tried in America, they would spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Escobar and his colleagues tried to a cut a deal with the government. Then Escobar decided that a little extralegal pressure--i.e., terrorism--could do no harm. In short order he had 10 prominent Colombians kidnapped; most were journalists, and all had professional or personal ties to the pro-extradition movement. Ultimately two of the hostages were shot. The remaining eight were released in a trickle, as the drug traffickers began to break ranks and surrender. So ended at least one episode in what Gabriel García Márquez calls "the biblical holocaust that has been consuming Colombia for more than twenty years."

García Márquez was originally invited to write about the kidnapping by Maruja Pachon, who spent six months in captivity. As he began to write, however, he realized that her story was inseparable from that of the other nine victims. The result is a meticulous, sobering, and suspenseful book. It is, of course, a work of reportage, which puts a lid on the author's penchant for magic realism. But in the hands of a writer like García Márquez, truth makes fiction look paltry indeed.

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This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women - all journalists but one - by the Medellin drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar's attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender.From the highest corridors of government to the domain of the ruthless drug cartels, we watch the unfolding of a bizarre drama replete with fascinating characters: Cesar Gaviria, the nation's cool and secretive president; Diana Turbay, a famous television journalist and magazine editor; three indomitable women who are imprisoned for miserable months in a small room with a light perpetually on; an eighty-two-year-old priest with a mission to bring the regime and the cartel to the negotiating table; and Escobar himself, the legendary drug baron who changes his bodyguards daily and maintains a private zoo with giraffes and hippos from Africa. All of this takes place in a country where presidential candidates and cabinet officers are routinely assassinated; where police go into the Medellin slums to murder boys they think may be working for Escobar; but where brave and honest citizens are trying desperately to make democracy survive.… (more)

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