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  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846145841
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Short Walks from Bogotá

Journeys in the new Colombia




Stunning 'state of the nation' reportage on Colombia, Latin America's most controversial country

For decades, Colombia was the 'narcostate'. Now it's seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie? Writer and journalist Tom Feiling has journeyed throughout Colombia, down roads that were until recently too dangerous to travel, to paint a fresh picture of one of the world's most notorious and least-understood countries. He talks to former guerrilla fighters and their ex-captives; women whose sons were 'disappeared' by paramilitaries; the nomadic tribe who once thought they were the only people on earth and now charge $10 for a photo; the Japanese 'emerald cowboy' who made a fortune from mining; and he revels in the stories that countless ordinary Colombians tell.

How did a land likened to paradise by the first conquistadores become a byword for hell on earth? Why is one of the world's most unequal nations also one of its happiest? How is it rebuilding itself after decades of violence, and how successful has the process been so far? Vital, shocking, often funny and never simplistic, Short Walks from Bogotá unpicks the tangled fabric of Colombia, to create a stunning work of reportage, history and travel writing.

  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846145841
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Tom Feiling

Tom Feiling is an award-winning documentary film-maker. He spent a year living and working in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, and was broadcast in four countries. In 2003 he became Campaigns Director for the TUC's Justice for Colombia campaign, which organizes for human rights in Colombia. This is his first book.

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