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News of a kidnapping

Author: Gabriel García Márquez; Edith Grossman
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Inc., 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women - all journalists but one - by the Medellin drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar's attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender.
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Genre/Form: True crime stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
García Márquez, Gabriel, 1928-
News of a kidnapping.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Inc., 1997
(OCoLC)643899964
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriel García Márquez; Edith Grossman
ISBN: 0375400516 9780375400513 0140269444 9780140269444
OCLC Number: 36528149
Description: 291 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Noticia de un secuestro.
Responsibility: Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.
Local System Bib Number:
u174341

Abstract:

This astonishing book by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian men and women - all journalists but one - by the Medellin drug boss Pablo Escobar. The carefully orchestrated abductions were Escobar's attempt to extort from the government its assurance that he, and other narcotics traffickers, would not be extradited to the United States if they were to surrender.

From the highest corridors of government to the domain of the ruthless drug cartels, we watch the unfolding of a bizarre drama replete with fascinating characters: Cesar Gaviria, the nation's cool and secretive president; Diana Turbay, a famous television journalist and magazine editor; three indomitable women who are imprisoned for miserable months in a small room with a light perpetually on; an eighty-two-year-old priest with a mission to bring the regime and the cartel to the negotiating table; and Escobar himself, the legendary drug baron who changes his bodyguards daily and maintains a private zoo with giraffes and hippos from Africa. All of this takes place in a country where presidential candidates and cabinet officers are routinely assassinated; where police go into the Medellin slums to murder boys they think may be working for Escobar; but where brave and honest citizens are trying desperately to make democracy survive.

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