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The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail Paperback – June 3, 2014
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist & The Financial Times
“Harrowing … The graceful, incisive writing lifts The Beast from being merely an impressive feat of reportage into the realm of literature. Mr. Martínez has produced something that is an honorable successor to enduring works like George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier or Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives.”
—New York Times
“The most extraordinary (and harrowing) book I read this year. Beautiful and searing and impossible to put down.”
“The world that Oscar Martínez, a Salvadoran journalist, set out to report on five years ago is so violent, depraved and hellish, you can hardly believe he survived to tell the tale... rugged prose, beautifully translated.”
“Martínez is a powerful storyteller and his approach to investigative journalism is closer to anthropological immersion: He walks with migrants through bloody forests, eats with them at spartan shelters, and rides with them atop speeding trains.”
—Columbia Journalism Review
“The Beast, like so many great books, lands on you with a revelatory frisson, the arrival of a story we didn’t know we were waiting to hear.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“… Martínez’s debut is the hard-won result of immersive journalism.”
"This searing account of the hardships suffered by Central American migrants headed through Mexico to the United States comes from true shoe-leather reporting."
“To understand the dramatic realities faced by the migrants who flee northwards to find work in the United States, Óscar Martínez literally jumped trains and dodged killers. He deserves praise not only for his efforts, and for what he writes about, but because he writes so very well.”
—Jon Lee Anderson, staff reporter for the New Yorker
“A heartbreaking book about the world’s most invisible people. A revelatory work of love and hair-raising courage.”
—Alma Guillermoprieto, Latin America correspondent for the New York Review of Books, author of Dancing with Cuba
“Óscar Martínez is a journalist of uncommon bravery and a writer of prodigious talent. The Beast is a powerful, necessary book, one of the finest pieces of journalism to emerge from Latin America in years.”
—Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles
About the Author
Óscar Martínez writes for ElFaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America. The original edition of his book Los migrantes que no importan was published in 2010 by Icaria and El Faro and a second edition by Mexico’s sur+ Ediciones in 2012. Martínez is currently writing chronicles and articles for El Faro’s project, Sala Negra, investigating gang violence in Latin America. In 2008, Martínez won the Fernando Benítez National Journalism Prize in Mexico, and in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador.
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Brilliantly and bravely reported.
For starters, all you dopers need to stop facilitating this violence and financing these narcotraffickers by purchasing illegal drugs. Second, voters need to change the immigration and drug policies in this country radically. Obama and Congress love mucking around in the Middle East yet pay so little attention to the house on fire next door to us. This is an excellent book covering what has become sickeningly familiar territory to anyone who reads up on Mexico and Latin America.
No one should have to flee from their home to another country just to be safe and have a decent life.. The United States should consider financing the migrant shelters along the border rather than these ugly, useless walls and tens of thousands of border patrol agents. What a neurotic nation: if a policy fails miserably, increase funding for it.