Born To Die
Non-Fiction

Born To Die

A riveting insight into urban violence in Medellin, Columbia’s second city.

Overview

A key text to understand the processes of urban violence in Colombia. It reveals the world of the young people who formed gangs and shook up Columbia with their recklessness. The book also explores the cultural and historical roots of a generation that got caught up in the drug-trafficking phenomenon and created a sub-culture with odd forms of religiousness, irreverent languages and a defiant attitude towards death. Salazar uses several characters to describe the tough life of young hitmen along with the inhabitants of the city’s marginal neighbourhoods. A short and entertaining book. Yet hard to swallow as the reader is thrust into realities that only a few people live and understand, and many of us want to change.

Paperback

240 Pages | ISBN13 9789814882200
Alonso Salazar
Alonso Salazar
Alonso Salazar was the Mayor of Medellín for the period 2008-2011. His career as a writer emerged from the social and institutional crisis posed by narcotrafficking in Columbia. He won the Planeta de Periodismo Prize (2003) with Profeta en el desierto. His first book Born to Die, has become a classic.