Colombia: Recent Works. (Publications Update)

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Colombia: Recent Works. (Publications Update)


Goslinga, Marian, Hemisphere


Colombia is a land of unparalleled physical beauty and unrelenting violence. From the War of One Thousand Days beginning in the late nineteenth century through La Violencia in 1948-1953, violence has been the dominant theme of modern Colombian history. The current conflict took root in the 1960s, when several major insurgent groups began their war against the state, and soon afterwards narcotics trafficking dragged the country ever more rapidly into lawlessness and violence.

Besieged on all sides, the Colombian government appealed to the international community for help with its controversial Plan Colombia. In July 2001, the United States came out publicly in support of this plan with a $1.3 billion aid package. US assistance was intended to help Colombia in its efforts to fight the illicit drug trade, increase the rule of law, protect human rights, expand economic development, institute judicial reform and foster peace. Recently, the US government approved the release of military aid to assist President Alvaro Uribe in defeating the forces arrayed against the Colombian state.

The growing body of published works on Colombia reflects the urgency of the search for ways to raise the country out of its spiral of bloodshed and civil war and bring a long-deserved peace to the land Bolivar so loved.

Books and Monographs

Amnesty International. Colombia Human Rights Certification III: Briefing Paper. New York, N.Y.: Human Rights Watch, 2002. 34 pp.

Benatar, Raquel. Gabriel Garcia Marquez and His Magical Universe/Gabriel Garcia Marquez y su universo magico. Translated by Patricia Petersen. Houston, Tex.: Pinata Books, 2002. (Illustrated biography of the famous Colombian author).

Betancourt, Ingrid. Until Death Do Us Apart: My Struggle to Reclaim Colombia. Translated by Steven Rendall. New York, N.Y.: Ecco, 2002. 228 pp. (Translation of Rage au coeur).

Boraas, Tracey. Colombia. Mankato, Minn.: Bridgestone Books, 2002. 64 pp.

Caicedo Licona, Carlos Arturo. Por que los negros somos asi: bases historicos para descifrar la psiquis del negro-pacifico de COlombia. Medellin, Colombia: Editorial Lealon, 2001. 126 pp.

Castaneda N., Luz Stella. El parlache. Me&llin, Colombia: Editorial Universidad de Antioquia, 2001. 186 pp. (Discusses the Spanish spoken in Medellin).

Castillo Parra, Cesar Arturo. Mosaico de ilusiones. Cali: Universidad del Valle, 2001. 113 pp. (A history of Colombian art).

Crandall, Russell. Driven by Drugs: U.S. Policy Toward Colombia. Boulder, Colo.: L. Rienner, 2002. 193 pp.

Delhon, Marc. Carlos Vives: el corazon de America. Valencia (Spain): Editorial La Mascara, 2002. 63 pp.

Dubois, Jill, and Leslie Jermyn. Colombia. 2nd ed. New York, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish, 2002. 144 pp. (Cultural history).

Garay Salamanca, Luis Jorge. Repensar a Colombia: sintesis programatica-talleres del milenio. Bogota: Alfa y Omega, 2002. 52 pp.

Guillermoprieto. Alma. Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America. New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books, 2002. 320 pp.

Hillman, Richard S., ed. Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America. New York, N.Y.: Greenwood Pub. Group, 2002. 228 pp.

Jimeno, Gladys. Documento final: Colombia-posibilidades y perspectivas de los pueblos indigenas en relacion con las consultas y concertaciones en el sector minero en America Latina y el Caribe: exploracion tematica, Colombia. Ottawa, Can.: North-South Institute, 2002.

Johansen, Iris. No One To Trust. New York, N.Y.: Bantam Books, 2002. (Novel about drugs, women, revolutionaries and government investigators in Colombia).

Josephs, Allen. Ritual and Sacrifice in the "Corrida": The Saga of Cesar Rincon. Gainesville, Fla.: University Press of Florida, 2002. (Rincon is a well-known Colombian bullfighter).

Kofas, Jon V. The Sword of Damodes: The U.S. Financial Hegemony in Colombia and Chile, 1950-1970.

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