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Mrs Escobar by Victoria Eugenia Henao, Andrea Rosenberg

Mrs Escobar: My life with Pablo

Victoria Eugenia Henao, Andrea Rosenberg

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2 reviews

Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 20 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781785039928

The closest you'll ever get to the most infamous drug kingpin in modern history, told by the person who stood by his sideThe story of Pablo Escobar, one of the wealthiest, powerful and violent criminals of all time has fascinated the world.

  • The Sunday TimesMust Read
4 stars out of 5
18 Aug 2019

"Pablo Escobar’s widow unfolds a grim tale of infidelity, abuse and humiliation"

This engaging book will not have arrived soon enough for Netflix Narcos addicts craving more. It will also stand out as an invaluable text for any student of Colombia’s blood-drenched, modern history.

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4 stars out of 5
14 Jun 2020

"Mrs Escobar is a memoir written in somebody else’s shadow – mostly, it seems, to settle scores, and clear her old name."

In his own memoir, published in 2014, Juan Pablo wrote that while he considered himself one of his father’s victims, he placed himself at the very bottom of the list. Henao makes no such claims: she chose to marry Escobar, even if she was a child at the time. But her story gets darker as it progresses, alternating between outlandishness and horror, between descriptions of extreme luxury and accounts of the violence and isolation they endured. Escobar’s life has been extensively documented and Henao has no grand revelations to offer. Mrs Escobar is a memoir written in somebody else’s shadow – mostly, it seems, to settle scores, and clear her old name.