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News of a Kidnapping (1996)

by Gabriel García Márquez

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AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN eBOOK! In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar - head of the Medellín drug cartel - kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, García Márquez describes the survivors' perilous ordeal and the bizarre drama of the negotiations for their release. He also depicts the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of rebel uprisings, right-wing death squads, currency collapse and narco-democracy. With cinematic intensity, breathtaking language and journalistic rigor, García Márquez evokes the sickness that inflicts his beloved country and how it penetrates every strata of society, from the lowliest peasant to the President himself.… (more)
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  AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
PRATELEIRA EUNICE 1 LIVRO 26

Colômbia, década de 1990. Encurralado por um poderoso esquema montado contra o narcotráfico, perseguido pelas autoridades de seu país e pela comunidade internacional, Pablo Escobar, o poderoso senhor da droga, recorre, como retaliação, ao sequestro de vários jornalistas, entre os quais se encontram familiares de importantes personalidades do cenário político.

Abordando um tema explosivo, Gabriel García Márquez fez uma pesquisa minuciosa antes de escrever este livro. Colheu depoimentos de dezenas de pessoas envolvidas no drama de sequestros ocorridos na Colômbia em 1990, incluindo o de uma amiga próxima. Notícia de um sequestro é um livro jornalístico, uma reportagem, que narra as diversas facetas da dramática situação vivida na Colômbia, especialmente a guerra do tráfico de drogas e mostra o horror que não se limita apenas à sociedade colombiana, mas que se espalha por toda a América Latina.
  EuniceGomes | Apr 2, 2023 |
I couldn't make it past the first two chapters of this book before giving up. The writing feels like I'm reading a news report and even though I know that this is actually a novelization of something that actually happened, I can't help but feel like the writing of such a celebrated author is very lost in translation. I'll definitely try another GGM book but this is /not/ the one for me.
  viiemzee | Feb 20, 2023 |
In this work of non-fiction published in 1996, Gabriel García Márquez describes the kidnappings and captivities of ten Colombian journalists abducted by a group called the “Extraditables.” They were a group of narcotraffickers led by Pablo Escobar. Escobar’s objective in ordering the kidnappings was to bully the Colombian government into banning extradition, which would mean they would be imprisoned in Colombia rather than face more severe penalties in other countries, particularly the United States.

The author portrays the responses of the hostages’ families and their actions to free them. He recounts the entire event in the context of Colombia's ongoing struggle to combat the illegal drug trade. The storyline focuses on the victims, the conditions they faced, and their thoughts, fears, and responses to captivity. There are many players, including President Gaviria, a high-profile priest, a family of drug trafficking brothers who turned themselves into authorities, and relatives of the victims, many of whom have connections to the government officials (one of the reasons they were taken hostage).

As the account unfolds, there are many people involved, and the author does an excellent job of describing the pressures and difficulties that must be overcome to ensure a workable plan. He depicts the anguish of the victims’ families as they try to influence the negotiations. García Márquez is a skilled writer who can weave together these complex elements into a cohesive whole. It almost felt like reading a historical fiction. Unfortunately, it was all too real, and the outcome was not positive for all involved.

I think the text could have benefited from the inclusion of a list of participants and their functions / relationships, as well as a timeline of events. But overall, this book provides an informative account of the perils of the drug trade and the relationship between the narcotraffickers and the Colombian government. Readers can learn a lot from this book, especially those outside Colombia.

It is based on interviews, news accounts, broadcast media, and diaries kept by the hostages. It is a partial glimpse of a harrowing period in Colombian history. Definitely worth reading. I read the English translation by Edith Grossman.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
A través de "Noticia de un secuestro", el gran Gabo retoma su nunca abandonada pasión: el periodismo. Relatos vividos, con el nivel de detalle que es su sello personal.
Marcela A. Medina
  DTHMumi | Jun 18, 2020 |
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She looked over her shoulder before getting into the car to be sure no one was following her.
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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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AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN eBOOK! In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar - head of the Medellín drug cartel - kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, García Márquez describes the survivors' perilous ordeal and the bizarre drama of the negotiations for their release. He also depicts the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of rebel uprisings, right-wing death squads, currency collapse and narco-democracy. With cinematic intensity, breathtaking language and journalistic rigor, García Márquez evokes the sickness that inflicts his beloved country and how it penetrates every strata of society, from the lowliest peasant to the President himself.

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