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Javier Valdez Cárdenas
Narcotrafficking’s Orphans

(Huérfanos del narco)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Divulgation / Narcos & Co.

  • Published: 17/07/2015
  • ISBN: 9786073132992
  • 257 pages

A collection of heart-rending, first-hand accounts of a generation affected by the violence of organized crime and drug trafficking, and a passionate investigation into how those who lost their families—and all hope along with them—manage to survive. This book gives voice to the children orphaned by violence, kidnappings, torture and murder and at the same time demands more awareness from our society. This and his other books have made the author the most credible journalist on the effects of the drug war in Mexico. Huérfanos del narco includes interviews with the families of the 43 students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa in November 2014.

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).