By June Carolyn Erlick

ISBN-10: 0292721358

ISBN-13: 9780292721357

ISBN-10: 0292722974

ISBN-13: 9780292722972

To many foreigners, Colombia is a nightmare of gear and violence. but general lifestyles is going on there, and, in Bogotá, it really is even attainable to omit that battle nonetheless ravages the nation-state. This paradox of perceptions—outsiders' fears as opposed to insiders' realities—drew June Carolyn Erlick again to Bogotá for a year's remain in 2005. She desired to know the way town she first got here to like in 1975 has made such strides towards development a relaxed civil society in the middle of ongoing violence. The advanced truth she stumbled on involves existence during this compelling memoir.

Erlick creates her portrait of Bogotá via a sequence of brilliant vignettes that disguise many facets of urban lifestyles. As an skilled journalist, she shall we the issues she observes lead her to bigger conclusions. The courtesy of individuals on buses, the absence of packs of stray canine and road trash, and the willingness of strangers to assist her move an overpass while vertigo overwhelms her all turn into indicators of convivencia—the wish of Bogotanos to dwell jointly in concord regardless of a long time of struggle. yet as Erlick settles extra into urban lifestyles, she unearths that "war within the urban is invisible, yet continually found in sophisticated methods, kind of like the consistent mist that used to drip down from the Bogotá skies such a lot of years ago."

Shattering stereotypes with its vigorous reporting, A Gringa in Bogotá is must-reading for going past the headlines concerning the drug conflict and bloody conflict.

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