Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Pablo Escobar My Father - the most infamous drug lord of all time
Pablo Escobar: My Father
Until now, we believed that everything
had been said about the rise and fall of the most infamous drug lord of all
time, Pablo Escobar – from books to film to the cult series ‘Narcos’. But these
versions have always been told from the outside, only capturing half the truth,
and never from the intimacy of his own home. Now, more than two decades after
the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with Escobar, his son brings us the
dramatic truth as never before.
Here we find a man of contradictions –
generosity and infinite love for his family; yet capable of the most extreme
acts of cruelty and violence. In a deeply personal exploration of his father,
we see the inner world of a man who was celebrated by some as a benevolent
Robin Hood figure and by others, as a dangerous leader of the most ruthless
mafia organisation in human history, reaping vengeance and death on anyone that
might stand in his way.
When Escobar died, his then teenage son
vowed revenge. But Escobar Jr. quickly recognised that meant following in his
father’s footsteps - something neither of them had ever wanted. With his change
of heart, he denounced the Pablo Escobar legacy.
This is far from the story of a child
seeking redemption, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and his
attempt to come to terms with it.
Juan Pablo Escobar
Son of Pablo Escobar, the leader of the
Medellín cartel, Juan Pablo Escobar is an architect, lecturer, drug policy
reform advocate, and writer. He was a subject of the award-winning documentary Sins of My Father and lives in
Argentina. Published - 1
September 2016 Ebury Press RRP