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It is very easy to die here

Rachel Nolan: Who killed the 43?, 4 April 2019

A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story behind the Missing 43 Students 
by Anabel Hernández, translated by John Washington.
Verso, 416 pp., £16.99, October 2018, 978 1 78873 148 5
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I Couldn’t Even Imagine that They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks against the Students of Ayotzinapa 
by John Gibler.
City Lights, 264 pp., £12.99, December 2017, 978 0 87286 748 2
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... Who, then, ordered the attack? And why? One of Mexico’s best-known investigative reporters, Anabel Hernández, believes the plot goes all the way to the top. Two months after the massacre, she published an account in one of the country’s few reliably independent news outlets, Proceso, based on interviews with survivors, suggesting that the ...

When a Corpse Is a Message

Álvaro Enrigue: Mexico’s Cartels, 8 May 2014

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers 
by Anabel Hernández, translated by Iain Bruce.
Verso, 362 pp., £16.99, September 2013, 978 1 78168 073 5
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by Roberto Saviano.
Feltrinelli, 444 pp., £23, March 2013, 978 88 07 03053 6
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Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness 
by Alfredo Corchado.
Penguin, 248 pp., £17, May 2013, 978 1 59420 439 5
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... then the narcos had appeared only on the back pages of newspapers, where crimes are reported. Anabel Hernández’s Narcoland was published in Mexico in 2010, just as the country was learning more. Where once the narcos had been seen as something between underground businessmen and mythical bandits, now they were enemies of the state and civil ...

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