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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had to buy this book for a Latin American Studies class. I was really surprised how good the book was. It was hard to put down. Excellent book.Published 4 months ago by Mike Dobias
Good story. Hardcover book was received in new condition as advertised.Published 5 months ago by Joe
Excellent novel, gives a good idea of how Colombia was end of nineties.Published 6 months ago by Bernard Darras
Before his novels came to define magical realism, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a reporter and journalist. This work is from 1996 - after his greatest novels. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Loves the View
I started to read this book but I am half way have not get much time to read lately. Hopefully ill be able to finish it before the summer hits.Published 15 months ago by Elma Yanes
It was confusing. The author jump from one story to another and confuse you so you loose track of what's going on.Published 21 months ago by Josefina