News of a Kidnapping

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News of a Kidnapping
First edition (Colombian)
AuthorGabriel García Márquez
Publication date

News of a Kidnapping (original Spanish title: Noticia de un secuestro) is a non-fiction book by Gabriel García Márquez. It was first published in Spanish in 1996, with an English translation released in 1997.


The book recounts the kidnapping, imprisonment, and eventual release of a handful of prominent figures in Colombia in the early 1990s by the Medellín Cartel, a drug cartel founded and operated by Pablo Escobar.

The book begins with an account of the abductions of Maruja Pachón and Beatriz Villamizar de Guerrero the evening of 7 November 1990.[1] People presume that Maruja was kidnapped because her sister is Gloria Pachón, widow of the journalist and New Liberalism founder Luis Carlos Galán. Beatriz is Maruja's sister-in-law and her personal assistant.

The book then examines the first in a series of related kidnappings. On 30 August 1990, Diana Turbay, director of the TV news program Criptón and magazine Hoy x Hoy, was abducted along with four members of her news team. They include editor Azucena Liévano, writer Juan Vitta, and camera operators Richard Becerra and Orlando Acevedo. German journalist Hero Buss was also with them when they were taken. Turbay was the daughter of former Colombian president and Liberal Party leader Julio César Turbay. She died, likely by friendly fire, on 25 January 1991 in a police rescue raid on the compound where she was being held.

The kidnappings on 18 September 1990 of Marina Montoya and Francisco Santos Calderón, editor in chief of El Tiempo newspaper, are also recounted.

Mir Hossein Moussavi[edit]

"If you want to understand my situation, read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's News of a Kidnapping", Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi was quoted as having said in a meeting with his daughters in September 2011. Musavi, together with his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, has been under house arrest since February 2011.[2] After a week, some Persian book reference websites reported that News of a Kidnapping was among the best-selling "rare books" in Iran.[3]


  1. ^ Maruja Pachon, former Minister of Education,, 23 May 2009, accessed October 2012
  2. ^ 'News Of A Kidnapping' A Hit In Iran After Opposition Leader's Recommendation
  3. ^ "in Persian رمان «گزارش یک آدم‌ربایی» در صدر پروفروش‌ترین‌های ایران". Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.

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