• Magnus Linton

    magnus linton is a reporter and writer born in Gothenburg, Sweden, 1967. Since 2005 he lives in Bogotá, Colombia, where he's a Latin America correspondent for diverse Swedish media. 

    Linton has previously worked for some of Sweden's most respected newspapers – he started in the 90's as a reporter at Arbetaren. From 2000-2006 he worked as Editor-in-chief for Arena, a magazine on politics, current affairs and social issues. He has also worked as a culture journalist for Expressen (2000-2007), Dagens Nyheter (2005-) and Vi (2006-) and as a reporter for the magazines Ordfront, Res, Frihet och Latinamerika

    He's regularly invited to participate on TV and national radio's programs (Sveriges Radio) as an expert commentator on Latin American issues.

    As a journalist and public opinion maker, Magnus has been engaged in themes such as hedonism, gender issues, urbanization, animal rights, nationalism and drug policies. In the last few years he has also dedicated great part of his time to understand / report on Latin American social and political issues. Magnus' previous book is called Americanos – Reports on Latin America's New Rebels and it was nominated, just like his new book, Cocaínafor the "August Literary Prize", Sweden's most important literary prize. Even in this case the reviews were outstanding.

  • Cocaína – A Book on Those Who Make It

    Wikileaks meets Manu Chao. If you appreciate quick descriptions.

    But if you're curious and would like to know more about Cocaína, please read the longer version underneath.

    Cocaína – A Book on Those Who Make It by author Magnus Linton is a book with a very unusual and overwhelming approach to the cocaine theme.

    This is not a book about the ones who use and abuse cocaine; this is a book that, in a naked and straightforward way, reveals the unknown side of cocaine trafficking – from the roots of the cocaine chain up to the top we get to know how the American Government's program War on Drugs hits precisely the ones that are already unprotected and exposed.

    Coca growers who are thrown into the business due to personal tragedies, drug traffickers, refugees, hit men, anti-drug police, cocaine processors, politicians, intellectuals, DEA-directors, cocaine tourists, guerrilla fighters, death squads and the many victims of violence, Magnus has met them all.

    The book is based on three years of research and more than 100 interviews. This is a unique insight in a catastrophe that, unfortunately, is having an epidemic effect to other countries in the same continent.

    These interviews are, however, only a contribution to a far more complex discussion that Magnus so skillfully brings up on these pages: How is this truly global industry affecting poor peasant families on the run from armed groups financed by drug money?

    Military tension between Colombia's right-wing government and socialist Venezuela has become a security threat for the entire hemisphere – how does cocaine and the US' War on drugs play into this unsettling geopolitical game? What, in the end, is the future of cocaine?

    This is a book with a rare political edge; one of those that hit you hard and force you to look at that old picture from a new perspective.

    Cocaína has been nominated to Sweden's most important literary award, "The August Prize", as Best Swedish Non Fiction Book 2010.

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      Cocaína – en bok om dom som gör det
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  • The Hated Ones – On the Victims of Radical Right-Wing in Europe

    This is an appalling recent report in which the targets of extremism themselves were given the chance to speak. Magnus Linton makes a triangle trip in an Europe without steerage, where an economic crisis is sliding further and further into a political one – with incalculable consequences.

    How has life changed for the minorities and "cultural Marxists" who live in countries where anti-immigrant parties now sets the tone? Since the massacre at Utøya the hate against the multicultural society has reached a new level.

    In this book about terrorist attacks on the defenders of diversity Magnus Linton signs a frightening portrait of a troubled continent, three countries shaken: Norway, Hungary and the Netherlands.

    What were the ideas and changes that geared Breivik to the psychosis stripe?

    How is the Romany people surviving in the new nationalistic Hungary?

    What do veiled women have to say – many of them already on the run – about the islamofobes’ new grip on the Netherlands?

    If, as Angela Merkel argues, "the multicultural society has failed" – what does the alternative look like? Is Europe going there?

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  • Americanos – Reports on Latin America's New Rebels

    Nominated to Sweden's most prestigious award "The August [Strindberg] Award", Magnus Linton's book Americanos – Reports on Latin America's New Rebels describes the emerging social movements and political conflicts popularly called "the New Latin American Left Wave".

    Blazing the trail for Swedish press, Sweden's largest paper, Aftonbladet, called Americanos "a pioneering master piece" and the best Swedish work in the genre since the 1960s.

    Americanos is a unique piece of documentary journalism, invaluable to anyone trying to understand the Latin America rising from the ashes of the era of failed market liberalism. Magnus Linton takes off in Buenos Aires, moving with the people of the continent, and in six chapters he covers radical coca farmers in Bolivia, land occupants in Brazil, Colombian guerilla feminists and "the Bolivarian revolution" in Venezuela, finally arriving at a new important metropolis of Latin America: Los Angeles.

    Americanos is an account of a political journey where we meet rebels completely different from those we know from the 1960s and 1970s. It is a journey in many dimensions; from man to woman, from white to Indian, from political parties to unions and, not least, from south to north.

    Most Latin American countries are now headed by social reformists and the interplay between the social movements and the new, strong parties on the left will be increasingly important for this continent which is quickly turning into the new political hotspot, presently balancing between populism and realism.

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      Americanos – ett reportage om Latinamerikas nya rebeller
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