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News of a Kidnapping

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In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar – head of the Medellín drug cartel – kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, García Márquez 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 o ...more
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Published January 8th 2008 by Vintage (first published 1996)
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Araz Goran
Jun 03, 2015 Araz Goran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات, أدب
غابرييل غارسيا ماركيز..

خبر إختطاف.. قصة الرواية حقيقية جرت أحداثها في كولومبيا سنة 1990 ،، حيث تم إختطاف مجموعة من الصحفيين وذوي المسؤولين الحكوميين من قبل جماعة (أسكوبار) تاجر المخدرات والمجرم الشهير..

تبدأ الرواية بعملية خطف سريعة ل (ماروخا) زوجة (بيياميثار) وأخته (بياتربث) .. ثم تجري الرواية بشكل دراماتيكي ومثير حقيقة ووصف للحالة النفسية المخطوفين وذويهم بأسلوب أدبي مشوق ،، وكذلك الترتيب الزمني لإحداث بشكل متقن أضاف للرواية الكثير من المتعة والترقب..

الرواية ستكون جيد لمن لم يسمع بالقصة ومجريات
Apr 04, 2016 Raghad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شعرت نفسي اشاهد فيلم وثائقي ,بعض الافلام الوثائقية تبعث الملل اثناء مشاهدتها
ولكن جابرييل ماركينز اضاف المتعة لهذا الفيلم الوثائقي
اشهد ان الرواية كُتبت بدرجة عالية من الدقة واسلوب ادبي جميل

تدور الأحداث ما بين 1980-1990 في كولومبيا
تبدا القصة عندما يتم اختطاف صحفية تدعى ماروخا و اخت زوجها بياتربث من قبل عصابة مخدرات
وكان الهدف من اختطافهما و ضحايا اخرين ايصال رسالة للحكومة الكولومبية برغبات العصابة .
يستعرض الكاتب قصة حياة كل ضحية وحالتهم النفسية ومصيرهم والضغوط النفسية التي عاشوها
اول قراءة لجا
Gabriel García Márquez is usually associated with his novels containing elements of magical realism, but he was a reporter in his younger days. In "News of a Kidnapping" he returns to nonfiction to tell the story of ten hostages who were kidnapped by the wealthy Medellin drug cartel in Colombia. Pablo Escobar used the hostages to bargain with the Colombian government when he feared he would be extradited to the United States in 1990 for drug crimes. The city of Medellin, where the drug cartel wa ...more
Magrat Ajostiernos
Impresionante crónica periodística que con sinceridad y supuesta simpleza logra helarte la sangre.
Un relato que sin ser una de esas historias en las que García Marquez mostraba todo su talento e imaginación, tiene una poesía muy especial.
Me ha impresionado en muchos aspectos y sobretodo me ha sobrecogido gracias a la pluma de García Márquez, siempre incisiva, clara y maravillosa.

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
Jan 25, 2010 Vinod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2015 Negin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t generally watch much TV. My husband watches more than me and knows which shows I’ll like. We recently finished watching the first season of “Narcos” about Pablo Escobar. This book was a nice addition to the TV series, although I prefer the latter. The book moved more slowly than I had hoped, yet it was a compelling look at that dark period in Colombia. There’s no doubt that Pablo Escobar was an absolute monster. One of my favorite quotes: “The most unsettling and dangerous aspect of his ...more
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خبر اختطاف

فرغت قبل يومين من مشاهدة الموسم الثاني من المسلسل النتفلكسي الرائع (Narcos)، والذي خصص موسماه الأولان لقصة صعود وسقوط ملك الكوكايين (بابلو اسكوبار)، وقد جدد للمسلسل لموسمين آخرين لحسن الحظ نتتبع فيهما قصة كارتيل (كالي) المنافس لاسكوبار والذي ساعد في إسقاطه وسيطر على سوق الكوكايين لفترة قبل أن تلتفت له أمريكا والسلطات الكولومبية وتعتقل قياداته، كما أتمنى التجديد لموسمين إضافيين يتتبعان بقية القصة، حيث ساهمت الضربات التي تلقتها الكارتيلات الكولومبية في انتعاش وسيطرة الكارتيلات المكسيكية
Nancy Oakes
Sep 19, 2016 Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
4.5 rounded up

In a nutshell, the central focus of News of a Kidnapping is the story of ten abductions, the victims' experiences in captivity, and the families' efforts to get these people released, but to tell that story, the author places these kidnappings in the wider context of Colombia's troubled history of politics, narco trafficking and terrorism. It also follows how Pablo Escobar went from being host to "Politicians, industrialists, businesspeople, journalists..." at his Hacienda Nápoles
Neal Adolph
This book joined me as I crossed cities and borders and, as books do, became an essential part of my cross-continental journey to my new home in Colombia. It tells of a dark hour in one of the darkest periods in Colombian history, and does so with the grace of an expert novelists. The characters breathe with the rapid rhythm of anxiety, and the tension grows as though these events, as real as could possibly be, were imagined by some God of suspense. I wasn't thrilled with the last section, only ...more
Tayebe Ej
Oct 08, 2014 Tayebe Ej rated it it was ok  ·  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!
Sep 16, 2011 Laleh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2015 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La historia narrada en este libro está basada en los hechos que tuvieron lugar en Colombia en torno a la figura del narcotraficante Pablo Escobar durante la década de los noventa. Por este motivo, se trata de una experiencia completamente diferente a la de leer ‘Cien años de soledad’ o ‘Crónica de una muerte anunciada’. Nos encontramos ante una novela periodística muy bien documentada con una gran carga política y social. A pesar de ello, en ningún momento se pierde de vista el estilo cuidado y ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
Apr 07, 2016 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عارف انت لو هيتشكوك أو ستانلي كوبريك حبوا يعملوا فيلم خفيف! عمره ما هيطلع خفيف،هتلاقي فيها اللي عمره ما يكون موجود في فيلم خفيف.

دا بالضبط ينطبق على عظماء الأدب زي ماركيز،هو قرر يكتب رواية تسجيلية طويلة عن أحداث عاشتها بلده،واختص أسطورة الجريمة بابلو أوسكابار بمحور خفي للرواية.

عبر مجموعة اختطافات لشخصيات بارزة في المجتمع الكولومبي يلقي ماركيز الضوء على إرهاب الجريمة وسطوة السلطة وفسادها بالإضافة لتركيز مبهر على نفسية الخاطف والمخطوف على حد سواء.

الرواية معتمدة على أحداث وتفاصيل حقيقية مع لمسة أدبي
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.
Ninoska Goris
Mar 19, 2017 Ninoska Goris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Está basada en la historia real del secuestro de varias figuras prominentes de Colombia ocurrido durante la época del narcoterrorismo a inicios de los años noventa con la autoría de Los Extraditables.
Sash Chiesa
Jun 24, 2016 Sash Chiesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin-american
This is something more than a mere chronicling of one of the darkest periods of Colombian history, more than an unflinching depiction of those horrific hours--it's about the calamitous destinies of people entwined together in unimaginable ways which wouldn't unwind without permanently damaging one or the other part of their cruel existence, but more importantly it's a work that recognizes the importance of apprehending the multitudinous nature of everything, the capricious pith of ultimate value ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Pedram rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
به هر کسی که می خواهد از وضع حال من خبردار شود بگوئید که کتاب "گزارش یک آدم ربایی" گابریل گارسیا مارکز را بخواند.»
کتاب را هم فقط به همین نیت خواندم تا از اوضاع میرحسین موسوی در حصر ضالمانه باخبر بشوم. اگرچه برای گروگانهای این ماجرا شش ماه بیشتر طول نکشید اما برای محصورین سالهاست که میگذرد و در حصر هستند.

کتاب گزارش واقعی یک سری گروگانگیری در کلمبیاست. مسئولیت این گروگانگیریها با پابلو اسکوبار ثروتمندترین قاچاقچی مواد مخدر در تاریخ بشر است. این کلمبیایی که با داشتن کارتل مواد مخدر تا ۸۰ درصد کوکائ
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
Adri Villegas
Sep 30, 2013 Adri Villegas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
mohamadadali abtahi
قبل از اینکه مهندس موسوی توصیه کنه خونده بودمش
Jul 21, 2012 Cin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shaima Faisal
Apr 04, 2016 Shaima Faisal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قراءة ضمن نشاط نادي أصدقاء نوبل الشهري
خبر اختطاف - غابرييل غارسيا ماركيز / ترجمة: صالح علماني
تدور الرواية في نهاية فترة العنف الكولومبية في التسعينات من القرن الماضي وتتناول خبر اختطاف ١٠ صحافيين (كانوا من أكثر الفئات تأثيراً في تلك الحرب العمياء) من قبل أكبر عصابة مخدرات في كولومبيا (كارتيل مدلين Medllin Cartel) بإدارة ملك الكوكا وممثل لجماعة الإكستراديتابليين Extraditables آنذاك، بابلو إسكوبار. تم اختطافهم لما يملكونه من قيمة تبادلية ولعلاقتهم القريبة من شخصيات سياسية مهمة. استخدمهم بابلو إ
Jul 04, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Josh S
May 27, 2011 Josh S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taut true crime told with a quiet facticity makes this a devastating read about Colombia's battles with Pablo Escobar framed around the last major campaign of Escobar's life, the kidnappings of two sets of journalists.

Garcia Marquez's deadpan approach to violence makes the reality of it brutal while leaving all the characters sympathetic, and his skillful descriptions makes the multiple characters with similar names easy to recognize. Garcia Marquez's deep understanding of Colombia, from region
Ana Lúcia
Feb 08, 2015 Ana Lúcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro de Gabriel Garcia Márquez, conta-nos a história real do sequestro de 10 pessoas (jornalistas, familiares de políticos e figuras públicas) ocorrido na Colômbia em 1990.
Para além de uma obra literária muito bem escrita, “Notícia de um sequestro” é um documento impressionante da história de um país.
O livro termina assim:
“-Que loucura! – suspirou encantada –Tudo isto dava para escrever um livro.”
E deu!
Journalistic in detail combined with good storytelling, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's nonfiction account of the Colombian hostage situation of 1990 takes time to click. But once it does & switches a gear up or two, it becomes a truly gripping read thereon.

"News of a Kidnapping" has restored my faith in GGM & yes, it definitely makes for recommended reading.
Mar 18, 2013 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-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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Ahmad Sharabiani
ماجرای ربودن، زندانیکردن، و در نهایت رهاکردن تعدادی از چهرههای سرشناس کلمبیا، در اوایل دهه ۱۹۹۰، توسط کارتل «مدلین» است. کارتل «مدلین»، یکی از کارتلهای مواد مخدر بود، که «پابلو اسکوبار» آن را مدیریت میکرد ...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 later worked as a reporter for the Colombian n
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