Book review: Short Walks from Bogotá, By Tom Feiling
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 09 August 2013
Colombian president Álvaro Uribe's statement that "this country has moved from terrorism to tourism" was partly what inspired Feiling on his walks, talking to former guerilla fighters and tribesmen among others, to unpick the cliched Colombia of drug cartels and FARC violence from the reality he sees.
Starting in Bogotá, he encounters much natural beauty and industriousness, also much that is still wrong.
Combining reportage with travelogue, his Colombia is not a terrorist hell, but certainly no tourist haven either.
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