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Betancourt's Book Hits Stores Amid Controversy

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:41 AM

Former rebel hostage Ingrid Betancourt launched her book “Even Silence has an End” Tuesday in six languages and 14 countries. Even before it hit bookshelves, it had already caused controversy here amid outrage over her multimillion-dollar demand for damages from the Colombian state, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Fernando Osa, manager of the Librería Nacional bookstore chain, says that when news of Ms. Betancourt’s demand emerged in July, he polled his customers on the bookstore’s website about whether they would buy her book once it was published.

“Eighty-nine percent said they wouldn’t,” he says. “With such an overwhelming rejection, I cut back my order of copies.”

But while many Colombians have vowed to boycott the new book, Betancourt's literary style, gripping accounts of her life in jungle prisons, and profound reflections on the human condition may end up enticing many. After six years in captivity, she was rescued in a military sting operation in 2008 along with 14 other hostages.

“It is exceptionally well written and by far the best of all the books by former hostages,” says Mr. Osa, who after reading the book decided to increase orders from the publisher. The response has been great, he says. Hours after it went on sale today, he had sold 50 copies in just one store.

More than about Betancourt herself, he says, “It is a book about evil.”

Read the entire story at csmonitor.com

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