My Colombian War A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-02
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"Intimate, emotion-saturated portrait . . . the flavors and the colors are vivid . . . [A] compelling picture of contemporary Colombia and the roots of its problems . . . a gift for the rest of us."William Grimes,The New York TimesGrowing up in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Colombia, Silvana Paternostro enjoyed a privileged childhood, a comfortable existence marred only briefly by fleeting encounters with the social inequalities and burgeoning drug trade that threatened the country's security. Soon, however, these shadowy threats intensified, boiling over into the most violent, most protracted, and most misunderstood civil war of our time.InMy Colombian War, Paternostro, now an acclaimed reporter, journeys back to the place where her family and closest friends still live, weaving authentic experience into a history of this ongoing conflict. Drawing on interviews with family members, rebel and paramilitary leaders, and a singular young American marine named Charlie, Paternostro portrays all sides of the conflict. Blending superb reportage with poignant personal stories, she offers a stunning, comprehensive narrative of Colombia's complicated past and present.

Author Biography

Silvana Paternostro is a Colombian-born journalist. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Time, among other publications, and she is the author of In the Land of God and Man, a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. In 1999 she was selected by Time/CNN as one of the fifty Latin American leaders for the millennium. A senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, Paternostro lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

The Mapsp. 1
Miami International Airport, May 2002p. 21
Shelter Island, June 1999p. 29
Barranquilla, August 2001p. 41
Seeing You Againp. 45
My Birthmarkp. 54
The Rebel Yearsp. 64
Making Plans as a Journalistp. 72
Researching My Storyp. 80
Tricky, Trickyp. 88
Asking the Tough Questionsp. 96
Kidnapping, Inc.p. 103
Running in Riomarp. 107
The Best in All the Landp. 112
High Times in Barranquillap. 120
Need Help from Allegrap. 133
Who Is She?p. 147
My Grandmother Explains Kidnappingsp. 157
Memory Threads of El Carmenp. 165
Ma Cris and Her Cousin Describe a World of Peacep. 172
Guillermo's Terracep. 183
Juana's Smellp. 196
Agustin Explains the Rulesp. 200
Seeing You Again, September 10, 2001p. 206
Body Languagep. 224
How Did I End Up Here?, March 2002p. 241
Meeting the Rebelsp. 254
Wrong Musicp. 262
Can't Stay Away, Miami, May 2003p. 270
Needing to Report Againp. 277
Our Colombian Warp. 290
Epiloguep. 299
Bibliographyp. 306
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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