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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  4,932 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Era, en efecto, el automóvil de Maruja. Había transcurrido por lo menos media hora desde el secuestro, y solo quedaban los rastros: el cristal del lado del chofer destruido por un balazo, la mancha de sangre y el granizo de vidrio en el asiento, y la sombra húmeda en el asfalto, de donde acababan de llevarse al chofer todav ía con vida. El resto estaba limpio y en orden (s ...more
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Published 1998 by Penguin (first published January 1st 1986)
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Before his novels came to define magical realism, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a reporter and journalist. This work is from 1996 - after his greatest novels. It was also a time when the perpetrators of the crimes he writes of were still free and able to do harm.

The modest title belies the stunning narrative. While the focus is on the hostages, it is also the story of how the wily Pablo Escobar negotiated surrender to the Colombian government to include a prison of his own design and staffing so th
I loved this book because I knew what to expect. I didn't expect the magical realism that I love Marquez for. I didn't expect depiction of feelings in any direct way.

This is a journalistic account of a series of kidnappings happened in Colombia during the drug trafficking war days. I was surprised by how he was able to put the pieces together without sensationalizing.

The narration was compelling and I finished the whole book in my record time! :)

Recommend anyone this book, but make sure they
Tayebe Ej
Dec 26, 2014 Tayebe Ej rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tayebe by: مهندس
نمیدونم انتظار چی داشتم، خود عنوان کتاب گفته که «گزارش»ه.. و واقعا هم همینه، خیلی نمیشه با شخصیتا ارتباط برقرار کرد چون خیلی تیتروار در حد دو پاراگراف در مورد هرکدوم توضیح داده شده، و خب حیف، واقعا ماجرایی بوده که میشده ازش یه داستان درست و حسابی درآورد!
Marquez is one of my favorite authors. Although, the actual reason I read this particular book was that the Iranian opposition leader currently under house arrest -Mir Hossein Mousavi-, managed to send a message to his family, recommending this book in case people wanted to have a feel of what he is going through. He has been under house arrest for more than seven month now.

This book is different from other books by Marquez: It is not a work of magic realism fiction, it is a report by a true jo

Maybe it's in the wake of my trip to Colombia, where I thought I would be carried away by all things evoking Marquez, but I am honestly kind of questioning my slavish devotion to his greatness, lately. When I first read them, I was totally enthralled by A Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and at least liked Love In The Time of Cholera pretty well. I was entirely annoyed by Memories of My Melancholy Whores for predictab
Adri Villegas
Según su autor, este libro es absolutamente periodístico, cada dato está confirmado y no tiene nada de novela o ficción. Por esto, el libro se convierte en una excelente prueba de que el periodismo sí se puede valer de la literatura para crear excelentes reportajes, con caracterización de personajes, suspenso, acción, intriga, etc. El libro trata sobre el secuestro de periodistas ocurrido en 1991 (Azucena Liévano, Juan Vitta, Diana Turbay), narrado a partir del secuestro de Maruja Pachón. Creo q ...more
Cin Jiménez
Este libro es un reportaje novelado en el que el periodista relata lo sucedido durante el secuestro y posterior liberación de algunos periodistas de bastante peso durante la época del narcotráfico colombiano, así como la muerte de dos de las secuestradas: Diana Turbay, hija de un ex presidente de Colombia, y Marina Montoya, hermana del secretario general de la presidencia.

Como en el caso de A sangre fría, de Capote, este libro, publicado en 1996, es uno de los ejemplos y logros que se tuvieron
What a book! There were times I had to keep reminding myself this was a true story recounted by one of the world's best story-teller not a made-up story. Sometimes I got a little lost in the politic wrangling that went on but Garcia Marquez keeps the story moving with the individual tales of the characters. Truly a great read and I am not a fan of crime stories but reality changes this tale.

GM sat down and interviewed most of the people involved with the 1991 mass kidnapping by Pablo Escobar so
Catherine Bracy
Almost not worth reviewing. I was hoping for something a little more compelling (given that it's about kidnapping, the drug trade, and gov't corruption), but this read like a simple recitation of facts. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and I found the descriptions/scenes of what the victims experienced while in captivity tedious.

I know that this was written for a Colombian audience so they have all the context and really just want the juicy tidbits, but I was hoping for a bit more e
Hamidreza Hosseini
تا به حال کتابی از مارکز نخونده بودم. این کتاب رو هم چون میرحسین موسوی توصیه کرده بود خوندم تا با شرایط غیرانسانی زندانی شدن و حصر در مکانی غیر از زندان های رسمی آشنا بشم.

از لحاظ آشنایی با فضای سخت و دردناک حبس و حصر، واقعا تکون دهنده و دردناک بود. اما از لحاظ ادبی و داستانی و جذابیت، به نظرم خیلی جذاب نبود و یه داستان خیلی خیلی معمولی بود که لازم نبود اینقدر طولانی باشه و میشد به جای ۳۵۰ صفحه، در ۱۵۰ صفحه هم همین موضوعات رو مطرح کرد.
-Realismo nada mágico.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Relato de los acontecimientos reales que rodearon el devenir de varios secuestros conectados entre sí y realizados en la Colombia de comienzos de los años noventa.

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mohamadadali abtahi
قبل از اینکه مهندس موسوی توصیه کنه خونده بودمش
Apr 19, 2012 Pooriya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pooriya by: میر حسین موسوی
Shelves: novel
خوب فکر کنم همه ما اکثراً به یک دلیل این کتاب رو خوندیم برای همین دیگه در این مورد توضیحی نمیدم!
کتاب در کل یک گزارش بود و تمامی اتفاقات و صحنه ها مو به مو در اون توصیف شده بود نثر طولانی کتاب و گاهاً توضیحات اضافی به علاوه تعدد شخصیت ها و اسامی سختشون یکی از علل افت کیفیت کتاب بود البته در نسخه ای که من دارم مشکلات نگارشی، غلط های املایی و مشکلات چاپ از سایر مشکلات موجود بود که باعث کسالت اور شدن کتاب میشد.
در کل با خوندن چند فصل اول کتاب شاید خیلی ها بیخیال ادامه داستان بشن ولی خوب بهتره تمومش
This is not like Gabriel Garcia Marquez' other books. Read this if you want to learn more about the history of drug cartels in Colombia. It is a well written and exciting read that will give you some solid background information.

Do not read this if you loved "Love In The Time of Cholera" and are expecting something similar. You will be disappointed.
Aug 01, 2007 Jojo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of good journalism and Marquez
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is grim, but the narrative is compelling and provides context for understanding what was happening in Colombia during the height of the Medellin Cartel. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a brilliant storyteller.
Latisha Guthrie
Harrowing story of news reporters kidnapped in columbia during the height of the drug wars. touching, brave, and amazing.
بثينة العيسى

هذه رواية شبه بوليسية، شبه تاريخية، ثقيلة العيار، ولكنها أيضا ماركيزية وتصب في عالمه البديع.

Natalie Scheidt
Gabriel describe so good a true story that you think itself to be implicated
After the disappointing attempt at reading Márquez’s popular book One Hundred Years of Solitude, which I found boring to say the least, I decided to give Márquez another try. It also fit right into the Seconds Challenge I had taken up this year. I was afraid I would find Love in the Time of Cholera unreadable, so I picked a drastically different book. News of a Kidnapping is a non-fiction book which records the kidnapping events that occurred in Columbia in the early 1990s.

Pablo Escobar, head of
No soy fan del señor Márquez, ya le he dado varias oportunidades pero su narrativa rara vez me atrapa... Eso si, nunca me he atrevido a leer sus “grandes novelas”, pero es que simplemente, no soy fan de Márquez.

En fin, este libro llegó a mis manos por una persona muy importante para mi... y como lección de que a veces las cosas no pasan como uno quiere, y que a veces, lo que uno espera no es lo que obtiene; decidí darle una oportunidad más al premio Nobel colombiano.

Mi problema con el escritor
Guadalupe R
“Noticia De Un Secuestro” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a novel based upon a woman who was kidnapped in Bogota, Colombia. I have a deep passion for books that deal with crime and drug cartels. I strongly belief more authors should focus on writing books that relate to the modern world. I was hooked up effortlessly because the title states the word “kidnap” and I deeply enjoy this issue. What made this book a decent story was it was based on a true story. The kidnaping and all the murders that th ...more
Frank O'Neill

This is not the same Gabriel Garcia Marquez who charmed and beguiled us with such magical books as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. This is a much more sober man, one who was determined to chronicle the most bizarre and awful chapter in the history of Colombia with utmost precision and clarity. It’s the story of the abduction of ten Colombians — some of them prominent journalists — who were abducted by the drug lord Pablo Escobar as bargaining ch
At the end of 1990, journalists and other personalities related to the government were kidnapped in Colombia. Behind those kidnappings was druglord Pablo Escobar, who wanted to avoid the extradition of drug terrorists to the United States of American, a law being signed by the government at the time. So, to apply some pressure, Escobar and his gang decided to kidnapp prominent Colombians. Maruja Pachón, journalist at the time and then Minister of Education, was one of them. She was kept in capti ...more
Sacha Calagopi
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Jae Smith
I stumbled upon this book while looking for another and was surprised to see Marquez had written a non-fiction book. I'd never heard of the story though of course had heard of Escobar and was interested to learn more. It is certainly very readable - although after flying through the first 200+ pages the last 70 or so dragged badly. The pros are the story itself, the fact that Marquez is well-written technically, and that you get a sense that he was impacted by what happened to these people and t ...more
حسين العُمري
رواية كفيلم وثائقي ممتع ومثير ، المخطوفين وأهاليهم والخاطفين والسياسيين وحرب المخدرات والإرهاب ، الشد والجذب والانتظار والحذر الشديد والترقب ، صاغ ماركيز هذه الرواية من واقع كولومبيا في منتصف الثمانينات وبدايات التسعينات ، تلك المرحلة الدموية من تاريخ البلاد والصراع العنيف بين الدولة وكارتلات المخدرات ، برغم كثافة العمل إلا أنه أعطى صورة حية للمشاعر الإنسانية المتباينة ولوعات الغياب والفقد والأسر ووحشية البشر أحياناً ،، رواية رائعة أخرى لماركيز
Suzie Canales
If you have no knowledge about Colombia or politics in Latin America I recommend doing some research before reading this novel. The characters in the novel are all related with media communication industry of Colombia and politicians. The FARC and M-19 are some guerrillas funded by Pablo Escobar. The United States government wanted Colombia to handover Pablo Escobar. Escobar basically declared war against his own government and whoever crossed his path.

I read the Spanish version for my Spanish
Notícia de um Sequestro é um livro jornalístico de não ficção de fácil leitura e que nos prende do início ao fim. Gabriel García Márquez, através de uma linguagem clara, logo convidativa, narra importantes sequestros de um relevante e turbulento momento histórico da Colômbia, trazendo à tona personagens que já ouvimos falar, mas que pouco conhecemos como Pablo Escobar, a família Betancourt, as FARC etc. O livro tem o poder de causar um efeito impactante principalmente em leitores que vivem em lu ...more
The story of how 10 Colombian journalists were abducted and ransomed by narco baron Pablo Escobar in the early 1990's is a grand story. However, it is not as fluid or moving as the other Gabriel Garcia-Marquez novel I've read, but it's something that will keep you reading.

As an American and someone who forgets all about Colombia until there's a mention of cocaine, or Carlos Valderamma, this book poses an engaging series of observations of life in Colombia, for the loftiest of the lofty and the l
Jack Granath
"Snail Reads Page-Turner" was my experience with this one. It's the very dramatic story of Pablo Escobar kidnapping journalists and using them to pressure the government not to extradite Columbian narcotraffickers to the United States. But I read it in Spanish for a class, so my abilities weren't able to keep up with my enthusiasm for the story. I still don't totally understand the Pablo Escobar phenomenon. When he wasn't kidnapping, he was assassinating someone or blowing something up, and all ...more
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Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as "Gabo" in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He studied at the University of Bogotá and late worked a
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