News of a kidnapping

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Penguin Books, 1998 - History - 291 pages
22 Reviews
From a Nobel laureate comes the international bestseller that carries us into the horrific world of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel

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.

"Fascinating .... Possesses all the drama and emotional resonance of Garcia Marquez's most powerful fiction". -- The New York Times

"A potent mixture of the news-hound's well-documented detail and the novelist's tragic vision". -- Chicago Tribune

"Classic Garcia Marquez .... It brings together the world's two best-known Colombians, symbolically locked in a struggle for their nation's soul". -- Time

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User Review  - Jon Rees - Goodreads

I read this text after a recent trip to Medellin, Colombia. Pablo Escobar, drug baron/champion of the poor (depending on whose perspective you take) was at one time the 7th richest man in the world ... Read full review

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User Review  - MacK - Goodreads

The story of how 10 Colombian journalists were abducted and ransomed by narco baron Pablo Escobar in the early 1990's is a grand story. However, it is not as fluid or moving as the other Gabriel ... Read full review



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About the author (1998)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. After studying law and journalism at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, he became a journalist. In 1965, he left journalism, to devote himself to writing. Acclaimed for both his craft and his imagination, he has been called a master of myth and magical realism (a style of literature that makes use of fantastical, highly improbable, and sometimes supernatural events and characters). In his novels and stories he has created a fictional world out of his memories of the dust, rain, and boredom of life in an isolated Colombian community. His stories depict a world shaped by myth, history, politics, and nature. Garcia Marquez first created Macondo, his fictional town, in his short story collections Leaf Storm (1955) and No One Writes to the Colonel (1961), but it was the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) that brought both Macondo and Garcia Marquez to world attention. One Hundred Years of Solitude traces a century in the town's history, from its founding through its destruction by a cyclone. Skillfully blending the fantastic, the mythical, and the commonplace in a humorous and powerful narrative, Garcia Marquez tells a moving tale of people locked in an isolation, partly of their own making and partly due to U.S. and European cultural and political domination of Latin America. With this work, Garcia Marquez established himself internationally as a major novelist, and his reputation has continued to grow since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.

Acclaimed for her best-selling translations of Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman received the 2006 PEN/Ralph Manheim Award for Translation. She lives in New York City.