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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 little slow and probably would be really interesting if you knew what else was going on at the time.Published 2 days ago by mark a turik
The kidnappings and protracted negotiations around Escobar's surrender are brilliantly told. An amazing story that I'm amazed I didn't know about before reading the book.Published 15 days ago by D. Welt
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 9 months ago by Mike Dobias
Good story. Hardcover book was received in new condition as advertised.Published 10 months ago by Joe
Excellent novel, gives a good idea of how Colombia was end of nineties.Published 11 months ago by Bernard Darras