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My Colombian War: A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind

Paternostro, Silvana

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ISBN 10: 0805076050 / ISBN 13: 9780805076059
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2007
Condition: As New Hardcover
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323pp. Stated "First Edition 2007"; '1' present in number sequence on copyright page. Beige boards with cream backstrip and metallic red lettering. Taupe dustwrapper not price-clipped ($26.00), with red and black lettering superimposed above a tinted photo-portrait of a sleeping guerrilla with machine-gun resting atop a cabinet to his side. Signed on title page and inscribed warmly to previous owners in New York, dated January 2008. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004228

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Title: My Colombian War: A Journey Through the ...

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Previous Owner

Edition: First Edtion, First Printing.

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A timely, evocative account of a reporter's reckoning with her homeland's volatile past Growing up in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Colombia, Silvana Paternostro indulged in the typical concerns of a privileged young girl: friendships and parties, school and family. But soon it became apparent that life in Colombia would not go on as usual. Strange planes appeared overhead, the harbingers of the marijuana drug trade that would explode into cocaine wars over the next decade, and soon after, a disputed election would lead to demonstrations and kidnappings targeting the affluent landed elite--including Paternostro's family. A revolution was brewing, and the social inequalities reflected in her life would boil over into the most violent, most protracted, and most misunderstood civil war of our time.
In My Colombian War, Paternostro journeys back to the place where her family and her closest friends still live, weaving authentic experience into a history of this ongoing conflict. Through interviews she allows us to witness the treacherous war zone that Colombia has become, projected on the daily lives of its citizens. Paternostro's book is a stunning, comprehensive narrative of Colombia's past and present.

About the Author:

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.

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