News of a Kidnapping

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Penguin Books, 1998 - History - 291 pages
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This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcí a Má rquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women--all but one a journalist--by the Medellí n 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 ruthle drug cartels, we watch the unfolding of a bizarre drama replete with fascinating characters: Cé sar 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 Medellí n slums to murder boys they think may be working for Escobar; but where brave and honest citizens are trying desperately to make democracy survive.
An international best-seller, "News of a Kidnapping" combines journalistic tenacity with the breathtaking language and perception that distinguish the writings of Gabriel Garcí a Má rquez. It draws us into a world that, like some phantasmagorical setting in a great Garcí a Má r novel, we can scarcely believe exists--but that continually shocks us with its cold, hard reality.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In the same straightforward tone with which he relates the fabulous events of his fiction, Colombia's premier novelist presents the chillingly extraordinary events surrounding the 1992 abduction of ... Read full review

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Garcia Marquez, Latin America's Nobel prize-winning novelist, turns his hand for the first time to nonfiction to explain, through one individual's experience, the widespread kidnapping in Colombia ... Read full review



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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, is the author of many novels and collections of stories, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, The General in His Labyrinth, Strange Pilgrims, and Of Love and Other Demons. He lives in Mexico City and Bogota.

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