It is impossible to tell Colombia’s story without referring to gold and coca. From pre-Columbian times through nowadays, those two elements have left a deep mark -and almost always a painful one- in the memory of our territory. Simon Posada Tamayo, a tough and influential journalist, became obsessed with the Poporo Quimbaya’s history –today kept in an urn at the Gold Museum in Bogotá-and from that object, he brings us a journalistic approach were he explains how the obsession for gold and coca, for power, for discovering treasures, for money and even for discovering guacas in remote mountains of our nation has become our doom.
This wonderful text, built from a profound historical quest, answers questions like “who was the first person to find the Poporo Quimbaya and which was its journey during the last centuries?” or “why are we a land of sad treasures, where the power and money that bring gold and coca vanish like water between fingers, and almost always end in dark and tragic fates?.
Category: No fiction, journalism
Publication date: 1/7/2022
Format: 16 x 25 cm