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.
The author's writing style is very different in accounting the events happened during that kidnap saga.
I now understand what some people would do for the love of their family (good or bad) which, I believe, is the most important thing in this world.
An easy enough book to read one will finish this book quickly as the suspense is, to use a pun, captivating.
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 5 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 11 months ago by Josefina
The true account of several hostages kidnapped by Pablo Escobar and the efforts made on their behalf to free them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rose
I'm no literary critic, so I can't dissect this book for you - but I thought it was a great book, very informative, beautifully written, and really just a good read.Published on February 1, 2012 by Rebel Shrug
I had heard that the book was a best seller in Iran. I found it interesting but in too much detail about each kidnapped person. Read morePublished on December 24, 2011 by SEGMD
Marquez, in his work, provides us a particularly fascinating read into the psyche of a people oppressed by the unpredictable violence of the narco-terrorism and kidnappings that... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by W. Moncure
If this book was about an event in the U.S., I'm sure it would have been a number one non-fiction best seller. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by JackOfMostTrades
Within the violent framework of a Colombian State with a government without credibility, an ineffective judicial system and the abysmal level of its security forces, G.G. Read morePublished on May 15, 2010 by Luc REYNAERT