News of a Kidnapping

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This is a factual account of kidnappings in the Columbian 'drug wars' and the physical and emotional effects they had on the victims and their families. It gives an excellent insight into the shocking events in Columbia in the early 1990s. Disturbing.


'Into that car and down on the floor', he said. 'Move! The doors were open, the motor running, the driver motionless in his seat. Beatriz lay down in the back. Her kidnapper covered her with his jacket and sat down, resting his feet on her. Two more men got in: one next to the driver, the other in back .... More than fear and discomfort, what she found intolerable was the ammonia stink of the jacket.
Translated by Edith Grossman


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