Thursday I head to Bogota–a short visit before a conference on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in Cartagena. I’m technically not an attendee, just the spouse of one, but who can pass up a trip to the Colombian coast? (Thanks to readers, by the way, for all the amazing travel tips.)
Suggestions on what to read? My pile so far:
1. Violence in Colombia: A Historical Perspective: A collection of surprisingly readable essays, each an episode in Colombian violence from the 1820s to La violencia to the drug trade today.
2. Violence in Colombia 1990-2000: Similar, but post-1990. There are several chapters from these two volumes I may assign in my Civil War class.
3. The EIU report on Colombia for the current state of affairs
5. An Economic History of Colombia — Dry, but informative. Too bad it stops in the 1930s.
Thoughts? Something contemporary would be nice. In English. (Sadly, my Spanish is a disaster–barely good enough to read the newspaper.)
Novels welcome too. The obvious author has been read in full, but I’m afraid I don’t know others offered in translation.