Institut Ramon LLull

Take Me Instead

Edicions 62, 2022
160 pages
Non Fiction

Agafeu-me a mi

Take Me Instead

Lolita Bosch

"Lolita Bosch amplifies the voice of the Mexican disappeared in this long-form chronicle written in the first-person plural. We can call it literary activism or, simply, fine journalism."

Today, like every day in Mexico, 23 people were disappeared. One of those is Roy Rivera. On an early January morning men dressed in police uniforms showed up at his home, where he, his
mother, and little brother were sleeping. “Which one of you is older?” they asked. Their mother begged the men to take her instead, to not hurt her sons, who were just children. But Roy said
“Take me. I’m the older brother.”

Lolita Bosch focuses on this emblematic true case to expose the depths of the endemic, extreme violence that grips Mexican society. Bosch, a writer and journalist who lived in Mexico for ten years under threat from drug traffickers, has written what she deems a manifesto against fear. This is a brave book that reveals the pain suffered by the victims of this violence and, as such, is committed to a rigorous examination of facts and truth.


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