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In a departure from his Nobel prize-winning fiction, Garcia Marquez examines the November 7, 1990, abduction of well-known Colombian journalist Maruja Pachon and her sister-in-law by the "Extraditables," drug traffickers belonging to the Medellin Cartel. Among others kidnapped were the daughter of an ex-president of Colombia and the son of the owner of El Tiempo, Colombia's most important newspaper. The kidnappings were meant to force the government to take a stand against the extradition of drug traffickers to the United States. What ensues is a passionate account of the harrowing experiences suffered by the victims and the negotiations undertaken by Pachon's husband, Alberto Villamizar. A moving, dramatic account on par with the author's best works; recommended for public libraries.?Jorge Gonzalez
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“Fascinante… Posee todo el drama y resonancia emocional de la maìs poderosa ficción de García Márquez.” —The New York Times

“Brillante… Profundamente conmovedora… Una historia rica en personajes que son a la vez heroicos y contradictorios”. —The Wall Street Journal
 
“Una historia poderosa… Con una serie de reveladores brochazos, saltando sutilmente entre perspectivas, García Márquez transmite la locura de la cautividad de los secuestrados, la desolación, la rabia, la falsa esperanza, la resignación”. —San Francisco Chronicle 
 


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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Spanish edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0140262474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140262476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gabriel García Márquez (1927 - 2014) was born in Colombia and was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. His many works include The Autumn of the Patriarch; No One Writes to the Colonel; Love in the Time of Cholera and Memories of My Melancholy Whores; and a memoir, Living to Tell the Tale. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a-villam@uniandes.edu.co on January 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have read this book three times. Why? Because my mother was one of the journalists that were kidnapped. Her name is Maruja Pachon and she was held for more than six months. If you want to have an idea of what a terrible ordeal we colombians have faced in our fight against drug-trafficking, do read this book. Nothing in it is made up, trust me. I'm one of the characters in it. If you want to comment the book with me please write me an e- mail.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
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Away from Colombia my native country, I had the chance to read this book. It made me go back to those days and bring back the memories of the news casts, the newspapers and the events that were hitting our country. Garcia Marquez gives a deep view of those days, those events. Reading his book was like reviving the history of those years. Outstandlingly documented, he links all these characters to depict one more sad chapter in our contemporary history, keeping every reader tied to each of its pages until the end. Five stars are not enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1997
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Es un maravilloso relato periodistico en el cual Gabo ha hecho uso de un lenguage y una narrativa tan descriptiva que el lector se siente parte del secuestro y protagonista principal de una de las mas trascendentes decadas en la Historia Colombiana. MMV-
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marianopolita2005 on January 21, 2003
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Noticia de un secuestro is one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez most dry books in terms of the literary style used. It could be because the theme does not allow for much variety but just an honest recount of the truth. The book gives the reader a realistic view of daily Colombian life, a country that has struggled with guerrilla warfare and drug trafficking for the past forty years and more. The protagonists of the book are the victims of the kidnappers and throughout the book we learn about the cruel reality of these people who have changed the life of many Colombians by use of violence and cruel killings without mercy. I think the book was well written with revealing details of how the victims feel (mentally and physically) and how their families suffer when they are forced to negotiate with the drug dealers etc. for the safe return of their family members. Also, we clearly see the role that the government plays in the rescue process. The style used by the author is very journalistic, thus making the book and story very dry in comparison to his other literary works. However, perhaps this style was chosen simply because this is the reality of Colombias daily crisis. The book is excellent, has much eye-opening information and is a wonderful read if you wish to learn more about the socio-economic problems of this great South American country. Arriba Colombia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cliente de Amazon on January 14, 2014
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Excelente libro a un excelente precio. Uno de mis escritores favoritos , un relato genial de esas épocas colombianas.
Genial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DulceNoelia on September 22, 2013
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Only Garcia-Marquexz can tell the story in a way that has the reader at the edge of the seat. Absolutely riveting. Knowing that it is a true story makes it even more fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By liza on September 1, 2012
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Es un libro que trata de lo que vivio Colombia en los 90, en la epoca de Escobar Gaviria, triste por ser real, pero como todo lo de Garcia Marquez, genial la narracion.Yo lo leei hace mas de 15 anio y pense que si Mexico no hacia algo nos pasaria lo mismo, y desgraciadamente, hemos llegado a algo parecido.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CRISTIAN ROCA on April 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is really interesting, because tell us the political and social problems of one of the most important countries in latinamerica: Colombia.
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