Guatemalan Police Anecdotes


One of the benefits of living in a third world country is that you don’t need to read Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Pedro Páramo or El Señor Presidente (The President) to learn about magical realism. No, no, no, we don’t need literature to learn the subtleties of magical realism: we live it everyday!

Las week, in zone 6 in Guatemala City, a police station received a radio transmission by two police officers reporting that their patrol car was stolen. “Nos robaron la patrulla, cambio” (Our patrol vehicle was stolen, over). It seems like our two distinct police officers stopped in front of a cevicherí­a (ceviche restaurant) to calm down the weekend hangover aftershocks and while they were enjoying a shrimp ceviche and a couple of beers during their shift, their patrol unit got stolen. They parked their police patrol vehicle with the windows down and the keys on the ignition switch. They figured who in their right mind or living in the “real” reality would steal a police patrol vehicle, right? Surely, their innocence can not be excused since as police officers, they may experience magical realism quite frequently.

A famous Latin American writer, whose name I can not recall at this moment, said that if Kafka had lived in Latin America, he surely would had been a clerk all of his life. This was said in reference to Kafka’s fantastic imagination, which it would have been kept in checked by the ordinary magical realism events in Latin America.

What do you think?

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  • jajajajajajajajajajaja

    Realismo magico, o magia negra a la inversa. Lo muy menos esos chontes le subieron la cuota a los ladrones del barrio y…ladron que roba a ladron…

    Me satisface leer esta nota despues de enterarme del monologo que se echo hoy nuestro flamante ciudadano presidente y xaman sobre “los exitos de sus primeros 100 dias”, mencionando entre ellos “los avances en seguridad” que a estas alturas nos tiene a todos rascandonos la cabeza y preguntandonos si el tema de la seguridad en su monologo salio como resultado de una sesion de peyote mal cocinado…

    “Nos robaron la seguridad, cambio”

  • Lucyswd

    Another recent example is Father Adelir de Carli and his balloon in Brazil. I think it’s more Latin American than ‘third world’.

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