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‘I am drawn to terrifying things’, says the novelist who feels squeamish seeing his name on his book
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‘I am drawn to terrifying things’, says the novelist who feels squeamish seeing his name on his book

Chhimi Tenduf-La was anxious about dengue even before the current epidemic in Sri Lanka reached its height this June. With 80,000 cases so far, and hospital wards overflowing, he felt his heart sink when his paediatrician reported they were turning away children simply for a lack of beds. Tenduf-La’s concern is overwhelmingly for his kids. … Continue reading

Aracataca: In Search of the echoes of a novel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Journalism Fellowship / The Sunday Times / Travelers / Writers

Aracataca: In Search of the echoes of a novel

Have you heard the story about Gabriel García Márquez’s 80th birthday party? Gabo was famous by this time, his years as a poverty stricken journalist having given way to his career as Colombia’s most famous novelist. At 55, he had become the first of his countrymen to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. At 80, … Continue reading

Bogota’s bibliophile trash collector who rescues books
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Bogota’s bibliophile trash collector who rescues books

Bogota, Colombia – Finding Anna Karenina in the rubbish would change Jose Alberto Gutierrez’s life. It was 20 years ago, but Jose still remembers first glimpsing the Russian classic by Leo Tolstoy in the rubbish outside a home in Bogota’s Bolivia neighbourhood. The rubbish collector loaded his truck with the rest of the waste, but took … Continue reading

A lesson from Colombia: how to defeat exotic frog smugglers
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A lesson from Colombia: how to defeat exotic frog smugglers

The first time, it was 400 frogs in a backpack. It was 1998 or perhaps 1999, and Colombian conservationist Ivan Lozano-Ortega was working at the Bogota Wildlife Rescue Centre—a drop-off point for the authorities who confiscated living animals from smugglers. Their catch that day had been a batch of poison frogs. “The frogs were in … Continue reading