A captivating new book from Wade Davis – winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Into the Silence – that brings vividly to life the story of the great Rio Magdalena, illuminating Colombia’s complex past, present, and future.
For Wade Davis, Colombia was the first country that captured his heart and gave him license to be free. Here, he tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of their remarkable land.
Braiding together memoir, history and journalism, Magdalena is at once an absorbing adventure through a spectacular landscape and a kaleidoscopic picture of Colombia as it stands on the verge of a new period of peace.
‘Outstanding… Davis tells epic tales of passion, violence and ambition with tremendous narrative verve’ Sunday Times, Books of the Year
‘A wonderful evocation of a lifetime’s travel in Colombia’ Spectator, Books of the Year