Where Is the Yellow Strip?

William Ospina

ESSAY. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 2012. 120 PAGES.

In one of his stories, Gabriel Garcia Márquez writes about a man dying of poverty in paradise. Any Colombian, rich or poor, can recognise themselves portrayed there. We have made the richest territory on the continent into a desolate nightmare. Chainsaws destroy the nature that could save us; the conquest of America continues in its customarily brutal way, working against man and the jungle; the plague of oblivion has wiped out our origins and dreams. But we all need a country. The pages that follow are simply a sincere effort to understand who we are: a writer has a duty to engage with his land and his era. Reinventing a country isn't a job for the few, rather the enormity of the task almost seems to require miracles. So I remember Voltaire's words about men of his time: ‘They needed miracles: they worked them.'    

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