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The Hollywood Kid

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The Hollywood Kid by Oscar Martinez and Juan Martinez
Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781786634931
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The Hollywood Kid is a revelation. As they track a single tragic life, Los Hermanos Martínez delve deep into El Salvador’s tortured labyrinth, into the macabre working of the Mara Salvatruches, into the sinister consequence of failed US policies, and in the process recover what Neil Smith called the lost history of the American Empire. This is reportage made literature, darkness made light, and one of the most important books of investigative journalism I’ve read in years.”
—Junot Díaz, author of This Is How You Lose Her

“The book is simply amazing. Easily one of the best pieces of journalism I have ever read, one that gave me a visceral feeling for the “Kid’s” pain and for the pain he caused. Besides the very great reporting, there is a real lyricism in the writing.”
—Joe Sacco, author of Palestine
“As the poet William Blake famously put it, ‘General forms have their vitality in particulars, and every particular is a Man.’ The Martínez brothers’ beautifully written account of the life and death of the feared gangster El Niño de Hollywood, based on hours and hours of interviews with him and those close to him, starkly reveals the underlying dynamics of the Central American gang phenomenon in vivid and insightful detail.”
—Dennis Rodgers, author of Global Gangs

“Masterfully told.”
—Belén Fernández, NACLA

Praise for Óscar Martínez:

“Martínez dives into the underworld of his subjects, navigating barrios that police won’t enter, spending days and nights with gang members. His methods resemble war reporting and his prose is cinematic … Like Gabriel García Márquez, the beloved Colombian writer, Martínez pens scenes that are suspenseful, moving, and vivid.”
—Sarah Esther Maslin, New Republic

“Óscar Martínez deserves praise not only for his efforts, and for what he writes about, but because he writes so very well.”
New Yorker

“Martínez’s … first book, The Beast, drew on eight trips clinging to the roof of the infamous migrants’ train through Mexico, chronicling their desperation in grippingly graphic detail. His [second] book, A History of Violence, takes a step back to explore what the migrants heading to the US are running away from. The unflinching cameos it paints offer a chilling portrait of corruption, unimaginable brutality and impunity.”
Financial Times

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