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The Beast: Óscar Martínez


May 01 2014


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

810 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC

The Beast

The Beast: A Conversation with Óscar Martínez

With Frank Stasio

The Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics and Frank Stasio from WUNC’s The State of Things participated in a discussion on Central American migration to North Carolina with author and journalist Óscar Martínez. Every year, tens of thousands of Central Americans — from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador — make a perilous overland journey to the United States. They travel north through Mexico to the US border, riding on top of cargo trains known as “La Bestia” or “the Beast.” You can read the first chapter of The Beast at Dazed.

English-Language Media Coverage of The Beast

NPR: Riding ‘The Beast’: Alt.Latino Interviews Salvadoran Journalist Óscar Martínez

New York Times“Clinging to a Monster in a Desperate Gambit

The GuardianThe Beast by Óscar Martínez; Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado

Los Angeles Review of BooksAaron Shulman on The Beast

The EconomistBeastly Business: Cruelty and Injustice on the Immigrant Trail


Óscar Martínez

Award-winning journalist Óscar Martínez writes for, the first online newspaper in Latin America. The original edition of his book Los migrantes que no importan was published in 2010 by Icaria and El Faro, with a second edition by Mexico’s sur+ Ediciones in 2012. Martínez is currently writing chronicles and…...

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