News of a kidnapping


Title: Report of a kidnapping

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Translator: Fatemeh Rasouli

Publisher: Behnoud

Subject: Colombian stories

Age category: Adult

Cover: Paperback

Number of pages: 412 p

Language: Farsi

Categories: ,


News of a kidnapping by Gabriel Garcاa Marquez is not just a novel, but a true account of the abduction of ten Colombian men and women, with the exception of one reporter covered by the Great Drug Trafficking Network in 1990.

The kidnapping was highly planned and the government should not have extradited them to the United States if they had surrendered.

The Medellin cartel was one of the drug cartels created and managed by Escobar.

In this book, Gabriel refers to the plight of prisoners who, even for their basic tasks, such as sitting / talking / sleeping, and. Must have obtained permission. The windows of their room were blackboard and no light came in. The guards were also in that room and sometimes they were shot when a hostage spoke to them. The hostages were not ordinary people and were considered prominent Colombians.
Mir Hossein Mousavi, who was sentenced to house arrest in the events of 1988, told his children to tell people that if they wanted to know about my current situation, they should read the book of a kidnapping report.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a Colombian novelist, short story writer, playwright and journalist. Marquez is known in his native land as “Gabo” and is considered one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He worked as a journalist before turning to fiction and introducing his magical realism to the world of literature. This is his work from 1996, after the publication of his greatest works. By the time his work was published, all the criminals he had written about in his book were free and able to take action against him.

Although the title of the book is a simple title, below it a fascinating, confusing and unique narrative awaits the audience. Although the author’s main focus is on hostages and kidnappings, Pablo Escobar and his negotiations with the Colombian government over his surrender are also discussed; Escobar had declared that he would surrender only on the condition that he could have a prisoner of his choice and a crew of his choice to be safe from his enemies. At the same time, Escobar was trying to force the political and legal system to establish a law through which his extradition to the United States would not be possible.
This extraordinary work tells the story of the abduction of ten Colombian men and women in 1990 by Pablo Escobar, all but one of whom were journalists. Escobar carefully planned the hostages to use them as leverage and ensure that his government and other drug traffickers would return them to the United States if they surrendered.

The author opens the story layer by layer and gradually reveals the facts; What are the truths that lie in the corridors of the highest government offices, and what are the truths that await us behind the succulent houses of the lower cities. The story is full of fascinating characters; The unfortunate hostages who were imprisoned for months in a small room whose lights were constantly on; Caesar Gaviria, President of the Secret Service; Diana Turbi, famous TV reporter and magazine editor; An eighty-two-year-old man commissioned to bring the government and hostage-takers to the negotiating table, and Escobar himself, the legendary drug trafficker who changed his bodyguards daily and was so rich that he owned a personal zoo and brought his giraffe and hippo from Africa. .

All of this is happening in a country where the assassination of candidates or cabinet officials is not news; A country where police raid slums and shoot any boy who suggests he may be collaborating with Pablo Escobar; A country whose people are fighting with all their might to keep democracy alive.
“The Report of a Kidnapper” is one of the best-sellers on a global scale, and the author combines journalistic persistence with breathtaking language and observation, and this is what sets Gabriel Garcia Marquez apart. In this work, the author immerses the reader in a world that never believes in reality; I see the same imaginative atmosphere of his novels in this work, with the only difference that here the story is completely taken from reality.

This is a sad story and shows how wide the ability of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is. Marquez has another journalistic work, but he has used a different style in writing it. In Clandstein in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Litin, he tells the story of Litin and his illegal entry into Chile to film the documentary “Chile Pinochet.”
This story contains parts that make it difficult for the reader to leave out. Even people who are not interested in Colombia and the issue of drug trafficking are attracted to this work. First of all, one should not expect the famous magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in this work; Many love and admire his works for this feature, but in this work, he should be praised for his complete, accurate and direct description of emotions.

Introducing the author of the report of a kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
He was born on March 6, 1927, and was raised by his grandparents in one of Colombia’s poorest cities. He went to school very early and encouraged his family to study law, but soon found that his soul was calmed only by writing. He was strongly influenced by William Faulkner. He wrote his first book at the age of 23. He was fascinated by the style of magical realism, and in 2012 it was finally announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease. The last book published by him was called “I did not come to give a speech”.

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Windfalled and unused money, a drug worse than the “heroic act of drug trafficking”, was injected into the country and instilled in the people that the law is the greatest obstacle to happiness and that literacy is of no value. If a person is a criminal, he can go on with his life better, and a rational and understanding person can not provide for his normal life. In short, social disintegration was taking shape without being announced in advance.

Perhaps the most Colombian feature of that situation was the amazing ability of the people of Madinah to get used to everything, good or bad.

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