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Javier Valdez Cárdenas
With a Grenade in Your Mouth

(Con una granada en la boca)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Divulgation / Narcos & Co.

  • Published: 01/02/2014
  • ISBN: 9786071130006
  • 276 pages

Men who swapped the American dream for the narco’s nightmare, the bitter nights of women who are dead in life but still search for their children, the footsteps of hit men in the dark of the night, and journalists who risk their lives day after day. This book is a denunciation of the war against drug trafficking and its fracturing effect on Mexico’s economy and political stability, while hurting thousands of innocent people in painful ways. This book cements Javier Valdez’s international reputation, offering a series of stories that not only do they show the inventory of damage but also give insight into how this constant everyday violence is experienced by Mexicans.

About the author

MEXICO – Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Culiacán, 1967) is a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Río doce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His chronicles have been published in ProcesoGatopardo and Emeequis. He was the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.


Other books: De azoteas y olvidosMala yerbaMiss Narco –finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, España–, Los morros del narcoLevantones and Con una granada en la boca.


Awards: International Award for Freedom of the Press (USA), María Moors Cabot Prize (USA), PEN Club Award for editorial excellence (UK).