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El sicario: Autobiografia de un asesino a sueldo (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – October 2, 2012
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“Todavía tengo problemas para recordar su rostro. Pero no me siento capaz de olvidar su historia”. —Charles Bowden.
About the Author
Charles Bowden es aclamado por la crítica por libros como Down by the River, A Shadow in the City y Some of the Dead are Still Breathing. Es editor de la revista GQ, y su trabajo ha aparecido en Harper’s, Mother Jones, National Geographic y Esquire. Ganador del Lannan Literary Award de no ficción, su libro Ciudad del crimen fue candidato al Premio Pulitzer. Vive en Tucson, Arizona.
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What this book is: an extremely interesting and honest rambling monologue with pointless and poorly drawn sketches from a hotel room pad with portions often scribbled out. It is repetitious in parts--clearly showing it was captured over several sittings rather than all at once. It is consistent, as if the speaker has thought quite a lot about the story and told it many, many times.
What is clearly the best thing is that (this monologue contains the story of a true sicario who has killed and tortured hundreds of people, in trade for for money and without remorse. And though he is repentant now, he is very honest that at the time, torture and murder came easily to him. And though, in retrospect, he sees how circumstances helped play a role (kill or be killed,chronic drug/alcohol use, government corruption), he made choices that led him to become a cold blooded killer instead of an upstanding member of his society.
This man, El Sicario, was submerged in the depths of the violence brought upon the citizens of Juarez by the drug cartels. It's a heartbreaking story. So many have died and so many still suffer. El Sicario sought salvation and lived to tell his story.
Some strides have been made against the cartels by the Mexican government the past couple of years. I don't know if anybody can say the tide has turned yet, but the people of our neighboring country are fighting to take back control of various regions. Juarez included.
He starts with his youth, his upbringing seems pretty typical for many Mexicans but his own drive for financial and material gain push him to work for the narco traffickers. Their easy money sold him on their lifestyle. When his family learned about this he was driven off only to do what many aspiring criminals in Mexico do, he became a cop. The sicario's story is shocking but what really sticks out above the violence and depravity, is the revelation of just how deeply entrenched the cartels are in Mexican politics and law enforcement. As a police officer he learned the kind of skills that would be useful in the work of a criminal enforcer. How to use weapons, how to find people, and even had access to the police's resources. With these levels of corruption it's no wonder why the drug war in Mexico has gone the way it has.
Eventually the sicario had a falling out with his bosses, which is almost inevitable in his line of work. He points out that putting down burnt-out disillusioned hitmen wasn't all that uncommon. However, somehow he survived. While some may be sickened by what he had done, and some may even be sickened with his belief in redemption through god as a Born-Again Christian, his story is still very significant and well written in this book. This book may not read well for some, especially those who are put off by horrible violence, but it's pivotal look into the Mexican drug cartel from one of it's own.