In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar - head of the Medellin drug cartel - kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, Garcia Marquez describes the survivors' perilous ordeal and the bizarre drama of the negotiations for their release. He also depicts the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of rebel uprisings, right-wing death squads, currency collapse and narco-democracy. With cinematic intensity, breathtaking language and journalistic rigor, Garcia Marquez evokes the sickness that inflicts his beloved country and how it penetrates every strata of society, from the lowliest peasant to the President himself.
About the Author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in the town of Aracataca, Columbia.Latin America's preeminent man of letters, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez began his writing career as a journalist and is the author of numerous other works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels The Autumn of the Patriarch and Love in the Time of Cholera, and the autobiography Living to Tell the Tale. There has been resounding acclaim for his life's work since he passed away in April 2014.
EDITH GROSSMAN is the acclaimed translator of, among others, Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa. In 2006 she was awarded the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation.
“Fascinating. . . . Possesses all the drama and emotional resonance of García Márquez’s most powerful fiction.” —The New York Times
“Brilliant. . . . Deeply affecting. . . . A story rich in characters who are both heroic and contradictory.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A potent mixture of the newshound’s well-documented detail and the novelist’s tragic vision.” —Chicago Tribune
“A powerful story. . . . In a series of telling strokes, shifting subtly from one perspective to another, García Márquez conveys the madness of the hostages’ imprisonment, the despair, the anger, the false hope, the resignation.” —San Francisco Chronicle