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Country of bullets : chronicles of war /
Juanita León ; translated by Guillermo Bleichmar.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
xxii, 223 p.
0826347673 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780826347671 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
0826347673 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780826347671 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Foreword / by Mary Roldán -- Prologue / by Alma Guillermoprieto -- Roberto Mira can't sleep : the mass displacement from Peque -- Oswaldo's sad life : the taking of Barranca -- A long agony : the subtle effects of war -- The boys of Urabá and their banana rap : the battle for Urabá -- Caquetania : the land of the FARC -- The brave people of Cauca : civil resistance in Colombia's war -- The steady hand of Captain Niño : experiments in democratic security -- Betrayal in Segovia : living with the paramilitaries -- The needle in the haystack : how the Army broke the siege of the FARC -- The tell-tale finger of Napoleón Santanilla : a mass arrest in Cartagena del Chairá -- "We are all paramilitaries" : Córdoba, birthplace of the paramilitary project -- Like dogs : the tragedy of the kidnapped.
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"Originally published in Spanish by Aguilar as País de plomo: Crónicas de guerra."
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A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Juanita Len, a native Colombian, received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and worked as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. Upon returning to Colombia, she worked as an editor or journalist for that nation's largest print media, including El Tiempo and Semana. Len won the World Health Organization's World Prize for Health Journalism in 2001 for an article on the health risks posed by the conflict in Colombia. Len was awarded a Harvard University Neiman Fellowship in 2006 and received a 2008 Open Society Fellowship to launch an investigative news blog in Colombia, where she resides. Guillermo Bleichmar received a PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University. Mary Roldn is an associate professor of history, Cornell University. Alma Guillermoprieto is a MacArthur Award-winning journalist.
Main Description
Juanita León has reported on the violence in her native war-torn Colombia for more than a decade. In Country of Bulletsshe provides a chronicle of what she has witnessed in the midst of one of the oldest civil wars in any Latin American nation. She breaks through the façade of dogma and rhetoric of various groups, including the Marxist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary forces, and government troops, to examine the human aspects of Colombia's hostilities. While the stories illustrate vital aspects of the war, territorial struggles for gold, oil, and coca, the motives of individual leaders, and the strategy of the Colombian army, León avoids the infamous scenes of war, focusing instead on its "commonplace" reality. She presents a unique account that highlights the amazing things normal people do in their struggles to live relatively ordinary lives. Published in Colombia as País de plomo: Crónicas de Guerra, the book received third place for the 2006 Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
Prologuep. xix
Prefacep. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Roberto Mira Can't Sleep: The Mass Displacement from Pequep. 7
Oswaldo's Sad Life: The Taking of Barrancap. 23
A Long Agony: The Subtle Effects of Warp. 47
The Boys of Urabá and Their Banana Rap: The Battle for Urabáp. 55
Caquetania: The Land of the FARCp. 74
The Brave People of Cauca: Civil Resistance in Colombia's Warp. 95
The Steady Hand of Captain Ni&ntild;o: Experiments in Democratic Securityp. 117
Betrayal in Segovia: Living with the Paramilitariesp. 136
The Needle in the Haystack: How the Army Broke the Siege of the FARCp. 151
The Telltale Finger of Napoleón Santanilla: A Mass Arrest in Cartagena del Chairáp. 169
"We are all paramilitaries": Córdoba, Birthplace of the Paramilitary Projectp. 185
Like Dogs: The Tragedy of the Kidnappedp. 206
Afterwordp. 219
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